chronic pain

New Evidence for Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain

New Evidence for Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain

In 2016, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey to investigate the prevalence of chronic pain in the United States. They found that an estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults (50 million people) had chronic pain. Additionally, “high-impact” (more severe, limiting) chronic pain was found in an estimated 8.0% of U.S. adults (19.6 million people).

When people have certain types of chronic pain that are not easily manageable, intravenous (IV) ketamine treatment is an alternative, cutting-edge option to consider. For our chronic pain patients at Reset Ketamine, we implement treatments ranging from 80 minutes to 4 hours depending upon the patient’s clinical diagnosis. Additionally, we often increase the dose after each infusion in order to maximize the effect of ketamine as part of the patient’s tailored treatment plan.

Ketamine for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Ketamine for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a painful, disabling neurological condition. Previously known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), it affects 1.2% of the adult chronic pain population.  Women are affected more than men, with a 3:1 ratio. CRPS can develop after trauma, minor injuries, or surgery. The signs and symptoms are classically clustered into four groups:

Ketamine for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Ketamine for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia (also known as tic douloureux) is a chronic pain condition affecting the fifth cranial nerve (1).  There are twelve cranial nerves that emerge from the brain and cranial nerve V carries sensation from the face to the brain.  Trigeminal neuralgia occurs at a rate of 4.3 per 100,000 people per year (2). There are two main types: classic trigeminal neuralgia and atypical trigeminal neuralgia (3).  It is vital to consult with a specialist and confirm the diagnosis, which may include neurological testing and MRI of the brain (4).  Both of these diagnoses can be extremely painful, debilitating, and especially frustrating when multiple traditional treatment options are not effective in relieving pain.