Ketamine for Chronic Pain Management
Find meaningful relief from CRPS, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and other pain disorders.
Ketamine for chronic pain has been proven to reduce pain for up to six months.
If a patient responds to ketamine infusions, the treatment can rapidly reduce pain as soon as the first infusion.
Infusions are performed by an experienced anesthesia provider in our comfortable, state-of-the-art ketamine clinic.
We are committed to making ketamine infusions accessible at some of the lowest-priced treatments in Southern California.
Ketamine Treats Chronic Pain Differently
Ketamine infusions can be especially effective for patients who have become resistant to narcotics and other pain management treatments. Ketamine has been especially promising for CRPS patients.
What Should I Know About Ketamine for Chronic Pain?
Ketamine is an FDA-approved anesthetic and has been used in hospitals for acute pain management since the 1970s.
Ketamine infusions for chronic pain last longer than those for treating depression — around three hours instead of one hour.
At Karitas Ketamine Clinic, ketamine is administered intravenously (aka, via an IV drip) and is administered at a lower dose than that used in anesthesia.
Chronic pain treatments are more expensive because they require higher doses of ketamine, which have to be given over longer infusion times.
Ketamine infusions are a more potent pain reliever than morphine for fibromyalgia.
IV ketamine has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic pain.
“I had my first treatment today and was crying tears of JOY at the results I experienced and I have two more to go! I would highly recommend this clinic for anyone suffering from chronic pain issues.”
What To Expect
The process starts with a free initial consultation to determine whether ketamine for chronic pain management is right for you. You can call our office or contact us online. After your consultation, we’ll move through the next steps in the process — referral, evaluation, and ketamine treatment.
Our ketamine clinic and infusion suite is designed to feel like home, not like a hospital, and we are here to help you feel relaxed and safe. Here at Karitas Ketamine Clinic, we administer ketamine intravenously, or through an IV. IV ketamine infusions are the “gold standard” for ketamine administration because they can be closely monitored and controlled.
During Your Ketamine Infusion
The dose of ketamine used for chronic pain management is much lower than the dose that is used in hospitals for anesthesia purposes. During your infusion, our anesthesiologists monitor you through the ketamine infusion, carefully watching to make sure your breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels are all normal.
Our ketamine clinic requires a series of 3 infusions minimum for patients with chronic pain. Each session for chronic pain management lasts 3 hours and ketamine for chronic pain is proven to reduce pain for up to 6-months.
You Are Not Alone
“An estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults had high-impact chronic pain.”
“Neuropathic pain affects 7–10% of the general population”
“Among the leading causes of years lost to disability worldwide in 2013, 4 of the top 10 (low-back pain, neck pain, migraine, musculoskeletal disorders), including the perennial top cause — low-back pain — are pain-related”
How It Works
While more research needs to be done, researchers theorize that ketamine’s effectiveness may come from its ability to help the body reset the central nervous system’s sensitivity to stimuli. Ketamine relieves pain by acting on the chemical receptor N-methyl-D-aspartate, or NMDA, which is found in the nervous system and modulates pain.
Many chronic pain conditions are caused by an overactive central nervous system, and ketamine may be able to calm the nervous system, reducing the number of pain signals sent to the brain and reducing the overall amount and frequency of pain experienced by the patient. Ketamine “cools down” the pain signals and boosts levels of other pain lowering chemicals like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
Each ketamine therapy plan is tailored to meet the unique needs of the patient. More so, our ketamine clinic works with your doctors through referrals to fit ketamine infusions into your current pain management plan. While ketamine isn’t for every patient suffering from chronic pain, it can provide real, lasting pain relief for many. We want each and every person who could benefit from ketamine infusions to be able to access treatment, and our ketamine clinic provides affordable ketamine infusions for our Los Angeles patients.
Alternative to Opioid Pain Relievers
Ketamine acts differently than opioid-based medications, which makes it an especially good choice for those who have an opioid tolerance. The surge in opioid addiction and overdoses has led doctors and patients to search for non-opioid treatment options. According to the NCBI, ketamine has even been shown to reduce opioid tolerance.
The use of ketamine therapy as a pain management treatment in opioid-dependent and opioid-tolerant individuals continues to grow. More so, unlike opioids, ketamine therapy is much less likely to cause dependency, especially in the low doses we administer to our patients in West Covina and the greater Los Angeles area. Along with being used to treat chronic pain, ketamine is also being used for acute pain following surgery or injury to reduce the use of opioids for pain relief.
Ketamine for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
CRPS is a type of chronic pain that often results from an injury that leads to intense pain and sensitivity, usually in the arms or legs. It can be incredibly difficult to treat, and the pain can significantly change the lifestyle of those who have the syndrome. CRPS is not well understood and is often misdiagnosed, but it is believed to be caused by damage or malfunction of the peripheral and central nervous system.
CRPS may be the most tenacious chronic pain disorder and ketamine has been found to be incredibly effective at treating this type of pain. Ketamine infusions produced complete and sometimes long-term remissions in CRPS patients and other studies have shown that long infusion times have produced significant reductions of pain for up to three months.
A study published on the NCBI found that patients found a significant improvement in pain for up to 12 weeks after ketamine infusions. While relatively new, ketamine therapy offers promising results for CRPS patients and may help restore the body’s normal processing of pain.
Ketamine Infusions for Neuropathic Pain
Ketamine therapy can be a great solution for people who have been suffering from neuropathic pain for years and haven’t been able to find a treatment option that relieves their pain. Neuropathic pain is the result of increased spinal neuron sensation, and this type of pain is caused by very sensitive nerves sending pain signals to your brain. Ketamine infusions can calm these pain receptors and decrease the amount of pain you experience.
Neuropathic pain can consist of sharp and stabbing pain or electrical shocks. You may also feel burning or coldness, pins and needles, numbness, and itchiness. Other symptoms include a gradual feeling of numbness, prickling or tingling in your hands or feet and extreme sensitivity to touch. Unfortunately, many of the people who experience neuropathic pain cannot find relief from common pain management medications. If you’re looking for alternative treatment options for neuropathic pain, ketamine infusions may be for you. Contact Karitas Ketamine Clinic in West Covina to learn more.
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Ketamine Infusions for Fibromyalgia
Ketamine has shown the ability to significantly reduce pain intensity both during the infusion and afterward. As with other chronic pain treatments, research supports the hypothesis that ketamine works on NMDA receptors involved in pain mechanisms related to fibromyalgia. It is thought that fibromyalgia pain is caused by hyperexcitability of pain receptors and that ketamine can help to calm these nerves. Dutch researchers found that ketamine infusions reduced pain levels in patients with fibromyalgia by 50%. While this effect was short-lived, ketamine infusions administered in multiple sessions have been able to create more long-lasting pain relief.
Ketamine’s ability to increase circulatory functioning may also contribute to its ability to relieve pain in patients with fibromyalgia. Ketamine infusions can increase cerebral blood flow, which could contribute to pain relief and reduction.
Are You Ready To Be Pain Free?
Contact us to meet with our experienced team and determine if ketamine infusions are right for you.
Ketamine Therapy for Cancer Pain
Ketamine may be an effective pain management option for those suffering from cancer-related refractory pain.
Ketamine infusion therapy for patients coping with cancer pain works the same way as ketamine infusions for other chronic pain conditions. Patients receive a series of low-dose ketamine infusions, and if the therapy works, the patient may need maintenance infusions at longer intervals to provide long-term pain relief.
Contact Karitas Ketamine Clinic located in today to learn more about cancer pain management with ketamine infusions.
Our West Covina-based ketamine clinic is committed to providing our Los Angeles community with affordable ketamine infusions. We firmly believe that ketamine can change the lives of people suffering from chronic pain, and we want to provide access to care for everyone who may be able to benefit from our services. Hopefully one day ketamine therapy will be covered by insurance, but until that day we will continue to provide the most affordable ketamine infusions that we can.
We are guided by the virtue of caritas — love for all mankind. That’s why we chose to name our ketamine clinic Karitas. We want to live that virtue every single day in everything we do here. One way we express caritas is by donating 2% of our profits to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Learn more about our West Covina clinic and contact us today for a consultation
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