Understanding Ketamine Infusions and Their Many Benefits

Year after year, chronic pain tops the list as one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. This widespread problem affects approximately 50 million American adults. And, unfortunately, nearly 20 million of them report symptoms that interfere with their daily activities. The good news is there are ways to find relief, even if you haven’t had luck in the past. 

Our team at Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers specializes in cutting-edge solutions. You can find safe and effective alternatives to opioid medications at our Myrtle Beach, SC location.

Here’s how ketamine infusions are giving hope to people living with chronic pain.

New uses for an old drug

Ketamine isn’t a new medication. It’s been around since the 1960s, but it’s mostly been used as an anesthetic in veterinary medicine. However, for more than a decade, it’s been gaining attention within the medical community for additional uses as well, including for the treatment of chronic pain.

What sets ketamine apart from other medications is its ability to block specific pain receptors in your brain. But it doesn’t stop there. It also resets nerve cells in your spine and brain. This complex interaction makes it far more effective at reducing certain pain conditions and giving results that last for longer periods of time.

As a result, ketamine infusions have been able to provide relief for countless people living with chronic pain.

When to consider ketamine 

The most effective way to take ketamine is through an intravenous (IV) infusion. Unlike oral medications that pass through your digestive tract, an IV delivers the drug directly into your bloodstream. This provides faster and more effective pain relief.

Our team offers ketamine infusions at our location in Myrtle Beach. If your pain condition hasn’t responded to other conservative treatments — such as epidural injections, nerve blocks, or regenerative medicine — ketamine infusions may be able to help you. 

Pain conditions that often respond to ketamine infusions include: 

We require an EKG and a psychological clearance before beginning ketamine infusions. These tests help ensure you’re in good physical and mental health before undergoing this treatment.

The benefits of ketamine infusions

In addition to providing relief for treatment-resistant pain, ketamine infusions also offer longer-lasting results. In fact, if your pain responds to ketamine infusions, you could see relief for days, weeks, or even months. 

We can administer your infusions at our Myrtle Beach location. Your appointment can take anywhere from 45 minutes to five hours, depending on your pain condition. While receiving your medication through a slow IV drip, you may experience some tingling, floating, or mild hallucinations. These side effects should end shortly after your infusion.

We’ll monitor your health throughout the process and for an hour afterward to make sure you tolerate the medication well. When you have a ketamine infusion, you should plan on having someone drive you home so you can relax comfortably for the rest of the day.

During your initial treatment, you can expect to have a series of infusions over several days. Eventually, we’ll shift you to a management schedule, and you’ll be able to return periodically for “booster” infusions to maintain your results.

Are you ready to see if ketamine can help you? To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers today.

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