Ketamine was first put into use in the 1960s as a fast-acting pain reliever that was especially useful in critical care events. Ketamine is unique because of its ability to provide effective sedative and analgesic effects without affecting your cardiorespiratory system.
But researchers have discovered that ketamine works on your brain in other ways, disrupting your pain signaling and rewiring your brain in such a way that it alters both your mood and your ability to experience pain.
The exact mechanism of how this occurs remains unclear, but the results are positive enough that the FDA recently approved a ketamine nasal spray to address treatment-resistant depression.
While ketamine makes further inroads in the mental health field, its successful use in people who suffer from chronic pain is demonstrating that the drug plays an important role in this arena, as well.
At IMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the medical team turns to IV ketamine therapy to help patients who’ve exhausted every avenue to find relief from some very serious, and chronic, conditions, including:
If you’re suffering from chronic and debilitating pain, but you don’t see your condition in the list above, please call to find out whether ketamine may help your unique situation.
When you first come in, one of the board-certified pain management specialists sits down with you to review your medical history, your symptoms, and any other information that may be pertinent. Once your doctor has a clear picture of your situation, they design a treatment plan, including dosing and duration, for your unique needs.
Some patients may require one round of ketamine, while others benefit from a series of treatments. Your ketamine IV infusion acts both immediately and in the longer term, often persisting for weeks and months beyond the pharmacologic effect the drug has on your body.
Rest assured, an anesthesiologist trained in the use of ketamine is with you during your treatment.
The answer to this depends upon the condition we’re treating and your insurance company. The initial cost of the assessment is $450, and a 90-minute ketamine treatment costs $900. In many cases, insurance companies reimburse these costs.
If you’d like to explore whether ketamine IV therapy is right for you, call IMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or schedule a consultation online.