Ketamine Therapy for Depression
Ketamine is what some doctors are calling the biggest breakthrough in depression and pain management in decades. When infused at a low dose into the bloodstream, research indicates that ketamine may be up to 80% effective at treating the symptoms of pain and depression.
One benefit to ketamine infusions for chronic pain management is its ability to sometimes bring relief to symptoms within minutes or hours, rather than the weeks or months medication or physical therapy can take.
How Does Ketamine Help Chronic Pain?
Ketamine has a long history of use as an anesthetic and is one the safest out there. It’s still used for this purpose, in dental offices or operating tables to achieve painless surgery on small animals!
Ketamine helps with chronic pain by blocking the NMDA receptor and stops peripheral pain signals from going traveling to the brain. It also resets some of the nerve cells found in your spine and brain. This interaction is more effective at reducing some types of pain than other pain management methods.
Ketamine infusion can be used for different types of pain, including:
Traumatic spinal injuries
Cancer-related back pain
Some types of nerve and back pain
Complex pain syndrome in certain regions
If ketamine infusions work for you, your pain relief may last much longer than other treatment options. You may feel better for days, weeks, or sometimes months, depending on your pain and condition.