26 Feb Now Offering Ketamine Infusions
New year, new pain-free you? Integrated Pain Consultants is now offering ketamine infusions for the treatment of chronic pain. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Ketamine is a type of anesthetic that was first discovered in 1962 and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1970. It was a popular surgical anesthetic during the Vietnam War and soared in popularity because of its safety and tolerability.
Ketamine infusions have been featured on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medications for over 30 years. This list features medications that are considered the safest and most effective. Unlike some other types of anesthetics, ketamine doesn’t lower the blood pressure or depress respiratory function. Plus, illegal use of ketamine is relatively low because dependence and overdose is rare.
What Exactly is Ketamine?
Ketamine is derived from phencyclidine (PCP) and works very quickly. The fast dissociative anesthesia has been used safely for many years. Today, it’s used for both anesthesia and pain control in humans and animals-and now also as a pain management tool. As an anesthetic, it works by detaching the patient’s consciousness from the nervous system. Ketamine is a selective antagonist to the body’s NMDA receptors. By partly blocking glutamate, a neurotransmitter, ketamine can effectively stop communication between the brain and body resulting in a high-quality anesthetic effect.
Although ketamine has very low dependency and addiction rates, it does release dopamine in the brain and can make patients “feel good.” It’s one of the safest anesthetic medications when used with proper medical guidance. Side effects are minimal and wear off quickly.
Interested in learning more about ketamine injections as a pain management tool? Integrated Pain Consultants specializes in safe and effective pain management and pain relief, now including ketamine injections for chronic pain. Call 480-626-2552 today and schedule an appointment to get on the fast track to pain relief.