Too many people are suffering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly 50 million Americans live from chronic pain.

Some people’s issues feel manageable and don’t really limit their ability to do what they love.

Others aren’t so lucky.

If your chronic pain is getting in the way of your ability to enjoy your life, we can help. The experienced team at ReNew Wellness in Gilbert, Arizona, offers a groundbreaking new way to find relief: IV ketamine infusion therapy. Let’s take a look at what this leading-edge treatment can do for you.

The latest ketamine research

You’re probably familiar with ketamine, but not necessarily as a medical treatment.

When ketamine was discovered in 1962, it was first used by veterinarians on animals as an anesthetic. Just a few years later, in 1970, ketamine got approved in the United States for surgical procedures on humans.

As more and more medical providers implemented ketamine, researchers discovered that ketamine has other capabilities. It’s been shown to help mental health patients manage their depression when they haven’t been successful with other treatments, for example.

And, excitingly for chronic pain sufferers, continued research also revealed that ketamine infusion therapy can offer relief for people suffering from persistent pain.

Ketamine as chronic pain treatment

Ketamine can block specific pain receptors in your brain, preventing them from communicating with the nerve cells in your spine and brain. That makes it extremely effective at reducing certain types of pain.

Our team generally recommends IV ketamine infusion for chronic pain syndromes, especially those with neuropathic components, including:

  • Certain types of back and nerve pain
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain from peripheral nerve damage
  • Traumatic spinal cord injury

Another exciting feature of ketamine treatment: your pain relief usually lasts much longer than what you might experience with other forms of treatment. In many cases, you can feel better for days, weeks, or even months, depending on your condition.

What to expect during treatment

Our team delivers ketamine infusions right here at our Renew Wellness office through an intravenous (IV) line. It takes between 40 minutes and two hours, depending on your specific condition. We’ll let you know what to expect beforehand.

While receiving your infusion, you’ll stay conscious. We use a significantly lower dosage of ketamine than the amount needed for anesthesia during surgery. While awake, you might experience tingling sensations. You might even feel like you’re floating or have mild hallucinations.

After your treatment, you stay at our facility for about an hour for monitoring. We recommend that you have someone you know drive you home to rest for the remainder of the day.

IV ketamine infusion gives you a way to get relief from your chronic pain, even when other treatments have failed. To talk with our team about whether this treatment could be right for you, call our office or request an appointment online today.

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