It is estimated that roughly 20.4% of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is considered any consistent pain that lasts longer than three months and can occur for various reasons. While some oral medications can relieve pain symptoms, some patients have found that ketamine infusion therapy can further ease pain and provide much-needed comfort. This Pain Awareness Month, keep reading to learn more about chronic pain and how ContinuumRx can help ease symptoms through ketamine infusion therapy.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is classified as pain that lasts for three or more months. It differs from acute pain, which is pain that is caused by an injury or illness but eventually subsides after a patient recovers. With chronic pain, a patient can sustain an injury and still have lingering pain long after healing. Chronic pain can also occur with little warning and in areas with no significant injuries.
Back and neck pain, arthritis, and headaches or migraines are all common types of chronic pain. Fibromyalgia is another common chronic pain condition where muscle pain occurs all over the body. Patients experiencing these issues and many others may have trouble working, exercising, or having an active social life. Their physical pain can even lead to depression and anxiety in some cases.
What is Ketamine Infusion?
Ketamine is typically used as an anesthetic during surgeries, and a full dosage is not recommended for everyday use. However, when administered in a small dosage and by a medical professional, ketamine can be used to help relieve chronic pain symptoms in patients with the following conditions:
- Spinal injuries
- Neuropathic pain
- Certain types of nerve or back pain
- Complex pain
Ketamine works by blocking specific pain receptors in the brain and can even reset some nerve cells in the spine and brain, thus relieving symptoms of pain.
How Does ContinuumRx Deliver Ketamine Infusion?
For patients requiring ketamine infusion as directed by their physician, it is important for them to have options in where they receive their therapy. For those who need more flexibility in their treatment or are unable to travel due to their condition or financial situation, home infusion may be the best option. However, for those looking for a comfortable and convenient experience, ContinuumRx also has infusion suite locations.
Patients can even opt to receive their treatment at one of our Continuum Health locations that provide a private and serene environment to undergo therapy. Yet, it’s important to note that while ketamine infusions are given at lower dosage than anethesia dosages, patients should still plan to have someone drive them home following the procedure as they may experience tingling or floating sensations and sometimes mild hallucinations.
No matter the patient’s preference, our team will work with your physician and health insurance provider to ensure you receive the best care possible at an affordable price. We accept nearly all insurance carriers and recently became in-network with United Healthcare. Visit our website to find a location near you!