What You Should Know About Ketamine Infusion Therapy

If you struggle with chronic pain and want to end your dependence on opioids or avoid them altogether, ketamine therapy could be your solution. Safe and effective ketamine therapy offers relief without dangerous side effects.

The main cause of long-term disability in the United States is chronic pain. By the time your pain has passed the acute phase and becomes chronic (i.e., after at least three months), you may not even be able to pinpoint its origin. Pain often radiates from the initial site of injury to other areas of the body — a condition known as radiated pain.

You may feel frustrated that your initial injury has healed, but you’re still in pain. And to make matters worse, your discomfort may seem arbitrary and even mysterious. At that point, treatment may then end up as a hit-or-miss proposition: What works for one person with chronic pain may not work for you.

At YOURx Health in The Woodlands, Texas, caring and skilled family nurse practitioner Leslie Ford, FNP, and our team offer customized ketamine treatment as an intravenous (IV) infusion for long-term relief from chronic pain. And the treatment gets results — many people experience less reactive nerves and reduced pain for up to 11 months after ketamine treatments.

Ketamine calms your nerves

Pain that originates in the nerves is medically known as neuropathic pain. It can be difficult to treat because there’s no definitive origin. And after an injury, sometimes nerves function improperly. Overactive or irritated nerves are also involved in conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Ketamine is an analgesic and anesthetic. Originally, it was used to put people to sleep during surgery. Because it’s both effective and safe, ketamine was used extensively by medics and surgeons in the latter part of the Vietnam War. Ketamine works by blunting nerves so that you feel relief from pain.

Ketamine has a low risk for addiction

The opioid crisis heightened when more and more people were prescribed opioid drugs to manage chronic pain. Until ketamine, opioids were the only drugs that could effectively mask nerve pain.

Because the side effects of opioids are substantial and the drugs can be addictive, both patients and doctors prefer alternate methods of pain management. A ketamine infusion dulls your perception of pain. It also enhances your sensitivity to other pain-relieving medications, which helps reduce your dependence on other analgesics, including opioids.

You always receive your ketamine therapy under medical supervision in our offices. We monitor you closely. Because of that, ketamine has a low risk for addiction.

Ketamine infusions are customized

When you arrive at YOURx Health for ketamine treatment, we review your history of chronic pain and work with you to devise a pain management plan. We may also perform a psychiatric assessment, physical exam, and lab testing to get a better overall view of your health.

You receive ketamine infusions under close medical supervision in the spa-like and safe atmosphere of the YOURx Health offices.

If you opt for an IV treatment, we insert a needle attached to an IV drip into your arm while you relax in a treatment chair. The infusion process takes close to an hour. You may need a series of treatments before you experience full relief.

The mild side effects of the medication may make you feel so relaxed that you have the sensation of “floating.” The type and degree of these effects depend on your level of pain and the amount of ketamine you receive. Most people report positive feelings about their ketamine treatment.

Don’t endure chronic pain. Get relief with ketamine therapy by calling our office or clicking the online booking tool today.