Chronic Pain, Ketamine, and You

Ketamine for Chronic Pain

Close to 20% of Americans suffer with chronic pain every day. Whether you are 25, 35, or 65 chronic pain can be a huge burden in your life and the life of your loved ones. Many Americans have resorted to constant pharmacological intervention to make it through the day. But today&rsquo s pain medications come with many risks of their own. Chronic NSAID use, like Tylenol and Aspirin, can cause painful stomach ulcers. Gabapentin can make you clumsy and tired. Opiates may cause severe addiction and constipation. In fact, chronic pain and opiate use are intimately tied. Legitimate users become addicted to using illicit sources such as Percocet, fentanyl, and even heroine. All these treatments are less than ideal and are not suited for long-term use.

Every patient with a chronic disease understands their pain is long-term. Luckily, the latest medical science may have found a solution to curbing the devasting pain and suffering you may be experiencing.

What Is Ketamine?

Used everyday in hospitals as an anesthetic, ketamine has begun to undergo numerous clinical trials to determine its efficacy in treating chronic pain sufferers. The results are still new, but they look increasingly promising!

Ketamine works differently than conventional pain medications. By binding directly in the brain and spinal cord by with the NMDA receptor, ketamine works to stop pain at the root of the problem, the nerve root, that is. By helping to restore normal functioning to the nerve pain, rather than being masked by opiates, is decreased by ketamine. Painful sensations still make it to the brain, but ketamine works to increase the threshold of pain necessary to do so.

Ketamine infusions for patients with chronic pain is beginning to be researched more and more by the leading medical institutions. A large collective study analyzing much of the available data to date have provided moderate evidence ketamine improves pain after a minimum of 5 consecutive days of infusions of infusions. Ketamine clinics are beginning to open across the country as more and more patients realize the amazing benefits the infusions have. We are confident our ketamine clinic can provide you pain relief and give you back the life you deserve.

What Kinds of Conditions Does it Treat?

You may be wondering what sorts of chronic pain ketamine can treat. Although not every condition has been researched, we have seen almost all forms of chronic pain benefit after at least 5 consecutive days of infusions. Some of the more common conditions studied include complex regional pain syndrome, treatment resistant fibromyalgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, diabetic and peripheral neuropathy, traumatic injuries, migraines, and many more.

If you are experiencing any form of chronic pain and are unsure whether or not ketamine infusion therapy is right for you, please give us a call and schedule a consultation so we can discuss your condition in greater detail.

Healthy Habits + Ketamine Infusion

I wish we could offer you a treatment that not only made the pain stop, but fix the problem altogether. Although we cannot provide a cure, our ketamine infusions, combined with healthy habits, have been proven to decrease pain and increase quality of life. Habits like waking up and going to sleep at the same time each night. Receiving 6-8 hours of sleep. Performing yoga in the morning. Drinking a glass of water and taking a multivitamin before breakfast. Healthy and balanced meals. Moderate amounts of exercise. All these activities can do wonders to keep you feeling more energized. In tandem with our infusions, we know you will be wishing you had started out therapy a long time ago.

We look forward to meeting you and hope to bring you the pain-free life we know you deserve.

Author Tara Kinney, CRNA, APRN As a lifelong learner with over 10 years of experience working in the operating room, Ms. Kinney began to develop an appreciation for the many uses of ketamine and its applications in therapy. As an independent practitioner and owner-operator of Advantage Anesthesia, Ms. Kinney oversaw the care of countless surgical patients and developed a love for the state of Iowa and surrounding counties. It was while working and living in Bettendorf, Iowa that Ms. Kinney saw the need of the community for more holistic and comprehensive care of chronic pain and mood disorders. Ms. Kinney then attended the Ketamine Academy and joined the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners before opening Quad Cities Ketamine Clinic in February of 2020. In her free time, she is an avid volleyball player and state record skydiver. She has two children, loves to scuba dive and golf in tropical locations, and cares for numerous small animals rescued from the humane society.


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