Ketamine Infusions

The Sprintz Center -  - Pain Management

The Sprintz Center

Pain Management located in Shenandoah, TX

Chronic pain has a long-standing reputation for resisting conventional medical treatments. When your pain persists and turns every day into a struggle, it’s time to learn about ketamine infusions. At The Sprintz Center, Kenneth Wu, MD, Thomas White, MD, and Yoann Millet, MD, are experts in using ketamine infusion therapy to ease your pain. Find out how ketamine infusions can help you by scheduling an appointment. Call the office in Shenandoah, Texas, or book a consultation online today.

Ketamine Infusions Q & A

What are ketamine infusions?

Ketamine is an anesthetic medicine used to prevent pain during surgery. In this role, ketamine has a decades-long history proving its safety and effectiveness.

When infused in a smaller dose than the amount used during surgery, ketamine relieves pain by interacting with biochemical pathways in your brain. For example, the medication may block receptors that transmit pain signals.

In addition to easing pain, ketamine infusions balance brain chemicals associated with psychological disorders. As a result, many patients experience fast and long-lasting relief from problems like depression and anxiety.

When would I need a ketamine infusion?

Ketamine infusions offer hope to patients struggling with chronic pain caused by many conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)

The Sprintz Center may recommend ketamine infusion therapy when your pain persists despite conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy.

What should I expect during a ketamine infusion?

The Sprintz Center performs ketamine infusions in a comfortable, peaceful room in the office. Since this is an intravenous infusion, your provider puts a needle into an arm vein and uses a tube to connect it to a bag containing ketamine.

The medication slowly and steadily drips through the tube and into your vein. Throughout your treatment, the team monitors your vital signs and watches for any side effects.

Some patients may experience confusion, blurred vision, or nausea. These changes are temporary, and your provider can quickly treat them if they develop.

After your infusion, you stay in the office for a short time to further monitor for side effects and ensure the medication wears off before you go home.

Your provider infuses ketamine slowly, so your treatment may take two hours or longer, depending on the dose you receive. During that time, you can read, use your electronics, or simply relax.

Most patients need a series of ketamine infusions to achieve the best results; however, your provider creates a treatment plan based on your unique pain condition.

To learn more about ketamine infusions, call The Sprintz Center or book an appointment online today.