If you’re one of the more than 20% of Americans grappling with chronic pain, you understand the limitations of conventional pain management approaches. Physical therapy, opioids, and rest often fall short when it comes to addressing persistent, background chronic pain that affects your daily life, even on good days. This type of pain can hinder you from doing the things you love, from traveling and being as active as you’d like to be, to hitting your personal records, making that final run on the slopes, or playing with your kids. Fortunately, Ketamine might be the key to regaining your quality of life.

While we’ve extensively discussed Ketamine as a resource for those contending with anxiety and depression, its applications extend beyond mental health.

What Types of Pain Can Ketamine Improve? Ketamine has demonstrated effectiveness in alleviating various forms of chronic pain. While this list is not exhaustive, it encompasses the most common types of pain that can be improved with Ketamine therapy:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Back Pain
  3. Cancer Pain
  4. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  5. Fibromyalgia
  6. Injury
  7. Migraines
  8. Neck Pain
  9. Nerve Pain
  10. Neuropathy
  11. Phantom Pain
  12. Post-Operative Pain

How Does It Work? Ketamine, when administered intravenously and meticulously monitored by medical professionals, like our Lakeside Medspa team, helps alleviate pain by diminishing brain signals associated with inflammation. It blocks specific pain receptors in the brain and resets nerve cells in the spine and brain. When used for pain management, Ketamine is administered at much lower doses than for anesthesia. Depending on your condition, the infusion process can take as little as 45 minutes or extend to a few hours.

What Should You Expect at Your Ketamine Session? During your Ketamine infusion session, we’ll ensure you’re comfortable in our cozy infusion room, often seated in one of our lounge chairs. Most people choose to recline and close their eyes. Side effects from the low doses of Ketamine required for pain management are rare and mild, if they occur. Some individuals may experience tingling or a sensation of floating, while a few might report headaches, nausea, or mild hallucinations. For this reason, you’ll need someone to drive you home after your infusion session.

How Soon Will You See Results? About 80% of patients experience significant improvements within hours after their first session. However, the speed and duration of results depend on the severity of your pain, your body composition, and your medical history. Typically, a series of six sessions, with maintenance sessions as needed, is recommended to achieve optimal and lasting relief. We’ll collaborate with you to create a tailored treatment plan.

Conclusion Ketamine has been transforming the lives of individuals grappling with anxiety and depression, and it holds the potential to make a profound impact on your chronic pain. Enhancing the management of chronic pain is yet another reason why we are so passionate about offering Ketamine Infusion therapy at Lakeside Medspa. Our goal is to help you not only look your best but also feel your best, reach your objectives, and lead a long and fulfilling life. If you believe that Ketamine could be the solution to your chronic pain, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

xoxo Rachel and Ryan