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Integrated Pain Consultants strives to provide the very best pain management solutions available to patients who suffer from chronic pain. As board certified physicians and pain management experts, led by Dr. Nikesh Seth, we are happy to introduce you to Ketamine Infusions – a safe and effective new treatment that is ideal for decreasing nerve pain levels in patients with chronic pain.
Ketamine has been used for many years is a and was first approved by the FDA for use in humans in 1970. Used as a surgical anesthetic during the Vietnam War, Ketamine grew in popularity due to its safety, tolerability, and ability to effectively treat pain. Ketamine has “dissociative” properties whereby the patient’s consciousness is detached from their nervous system and therefore blocking the pain the patient feels. By shutting off the communication pathways between the brain and body, Ketamine is ideal for the treatment of painful conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), migraine headaches, spinal cord injuries, fibromyalgia, and other nerve pain conditions. Together with the nerve pain management experts at Integrated Pain Consultants, you’ll receive a series of treatments that are designed to help reduce pain over a longer period of time. If you’re seeking help for pain management, please contact one of Integrated Pain Consultants’ three offices to schedule a detailed evaluation – (480) 626-2552 or book your appointment online today.
The Ketamine Infusion takes about 4 hours, although the actual IV infusion is about 3 hours. You’ll be with your team for 10-20 minutes before the appointment as they explain the treatment and address questions. The Ketamine begins to take effect about 5 minutes after the start of the IV infusion. Patients often report feeling calm, relaxed, euphoric and sometimes that their mind is fully engaged but appear to be sleeping. The dissociation is described as the separation of the brain and body. The effects of Ketamine wear off within 15-30 minutes after the infusion. Overall, the experience should be very pleasant. Sedation is optional, and a CRNA will supervise you during your appointment.
Integrated Pain Consultants delivers Ketamine Infusions to patients over a period of time. The first phase is the “Stabilization” phase which consists of three total IV treatments. It is recommended that there is at least one day between treatments, with a maximal of five days. The stabilization period is designed to build on the previous treatment to reach higher Ketamine doses and is timed so that patients overcome any slight tolerance to medication and increase pain relieving properties. Clinical evidence shows a higher level of Ketamine translates to a reduction in pain experienced. The “Maintenance” phase follows the initial stabilization phase and begins anywhere from six days, and up to thirty days after the stabilization cycle ends. How the patient responds to the initial treatment will determine how often they receive maintenance treatment.
There is virtually no chance for addition with Ketamine under the supervision of Integrated Pain Consultants as the patient receives relatively small doses during an infusion. While the patient will build a tolerance, that tolerance will diminish quickly over time. Additionally, Ketamine does not act on addiction centers in the brain as do typical “addictive medications” such as opioids. Moreover, one of the most significant benefits of Ketamine is that the effects only last for a short period of time whereby making addiction and abuse very unlikely if used correctly with a physician.
If you are suffering from chronic or acute pain and need relief, please contact Integrated Pain Consultants and let’s talk about a pain management treatment plan that is right for you. You just might be a good candidate for Ketamine Infusions. With three offices open in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona, learn why we are voted “Top Doc” by Phoenix Magazine and read reviews left by other patients of Dr. Nikesh Seth and his amazing team of physicians and providers. Learn more about pain conditions, pain treatment, and please schedule your appointment by calling (480) 626-2552 or book your appointment online today.