What is Ketamine?
Ketamine has been used in the medical industry for over 50 years. Originally used as an anesthetic during surgery, ketamine has recently been clinically-proven to be effective for other uses. Ketamine, when administered through an IV, can be used to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain for patients who have not had success treating their conditions with other treatments and medications.
What is Ketamine Infusion Therapy? How Does it Work?
Ketamine infusion therapy can be used to treat chronic pain, depression, migraines and other neuropathic painful conditions when those conditions have resisted treatment. Ketamine is typically administered intravenously through a series of infusions depending on the patient’s needs. The mechanism of action of ketamine is believed to be through the blockade of NMDA and HCN1 receptors. This biological reaction to the drug then provides relief from pain.
At Greater Austin Pain Center, we offer ketamine IV therapy as one of our many treatment options for managing chronic pain. To schedule an appointment or request more information, contact our Austin pain management experts.
What to Expect From Ketamine Infusion Treatment
When you schedule an appointment with Greater Austin Pain Center, one of our pain specialists will take the time to learn more about you, your medical history, and your experience with pain. If it’s clear that your chronic pain condition has resisted other treatments, then we may designate you as a good candidate for ketamine infusion. If that decision is made, our specialists will then determine a treatment plan that works for you and choose a dosage that is appropriate for your body weight.
Patients can expect their ketamine infusion treatments to last 60 minutes. Ketamine is administered slowly through an IV. Results, however, may be fast-acting, and you may experience feelings of disassociation or deep relaxation during your infusion. Throughout your treatment, our healthcare professionals will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels as a precautionary measure and stop treatment if your vitals are irregular.
While side effects are minimal, patients undergoing ketamine IV infusion may experience dizziness, light sensitivity, nausea, confusion, fatigue, and/or loss of appetite. As such, it is mandatory that patients have a friend or family member accompany them home after their infusion treatment.
Schedule an Appointment
Call Greater Austin Pain or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment at one of our three pain management treatment centers in Austin, Kyle, or Dripping Springs.
Determine a Treatment Plan
At your appointment, we’ll learn more about your medical history and experience with pain. If you’re a good candidate for ketamine infusion, we’ll then determine a treatment plan and choose an appropriate dosage for your body weight.
Ketamine IV Treatment
You’ll receive ketamine administered through an IV infusion during a 60 minute session. Our specialists will monitor your vitals throughout your session and provide information on next steps.
What Does Ketamine Therapy Treat?
While everyone feels pain, chronic pain can be long-term and affect one’s daily life and ability to participate in their favorite activities. Symptoms can vary from person to person and may include aches, burning sensations, throbbing, stiffness, and soreness. Attempts may be made to treat chronic pain and its symptoms with high-dose medications and topical creams. When these medications and all other treatments have failed at managing pain, however, it can take a toll on one’s mental health and lead to feelings of depression and anxiety. Fortunately, ketamine therapy is a treatment option for those patients who have not had success managing their pain with first-line options.
Ketamine infusion therapy has proven to be successful at treating neuropathic painful conditions, migraines, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, and fibromyalgia. Ketamine can also treat mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. If standard treatment has not provided you with relief for these conditions, contact one of our pain speciality clinics in Austin, Kyle, or Dripping Springs to see if this innovative treatment is right for you!
Take Back Your Life with Ketamine Infusion Therapy
If you suffer from treatment-resistant chronic pain and want to take back control of your life, contact Greater Austin Pain to learn more about our ketamine infusion therapy. With three convenient locations in Austin, Kyle, and Dripping Springs, our pain management specialists are eager to help you find a solution to your chronic pain.