Los Angeles’ Premier Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA.

Ketamine Treatment Specialist

California Pain Medicine Center -  - Pain Management Specialist

California Pain Medicine Center

Pain Management Specialists located in Santa Monica, CA

Ketamine treatment could help with your chronic pain when other therapies aren’t relieving your symptoms. If you’re battling treatment-resistant chronic pain, the expert team at California Pain Medicine Center in Santa Monica, California, can help. They specialize in using ketamine infusions to treat painful conditions like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and neuropathy in a safe environment. To benefit from ketamine treatment, call California Pain Medicine Center today or book an appointment online.

Ketamine Treatment Q & A

What is ketamine treatment?

Ketamine treatment has the potential to reduce pain even when other approaches aren’t working. California Pain Medicine Center offers outpatient ketamine infusion therapy, where suitable candidates receive the drug into their bloodstream via an intravenous (IV) feed.

Ketamine can help manage pain caused by complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and other chronic conditions, including:

  • Neuropathic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal injuries
  • Cancer

Research indicates that ketamine acts by blocking NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptors in your central nervous system that respond to a neurotransmitter called glutamate in your brain. This results in chemical changes that act to reduce pain.

Am I a suitable candidate for ketamine treatment?

Ketamine treatment might suit you if you have a chronic pain problem that isn’t improving. The California Pain Medicine Center team provides comprehensive treatment programs for chronic pain that use a combination of various types of physical therapies, medication, and functional medicine techniques that most patients find effective.

If you’ve been following a treatment program for several months with no improvement in your symptoms, your provider might suggest ketamine treatment. However, it’s not suitable for all patients, so you need to undergo an evaluation before starting it.

What does ketamine treatment involve?

You should avoid having anything to eat or drink for at least six hours prior to your ketamine infusion. Before your treatment at California Pain Medicine Center, your provider gives you a sedative called midazolam. This is because ketamine can sometimes cause side effects like hallucinations, but midazolam prevents these problems.

The infusion involves having a needle in a vein in your arm that’s attached to a slim pipe called a cannula. The ketamine steadily drips down the cannula and into your bloodstream over a period of about an hour.

Your provider monitors your well-being, including vital signs, throughout the process. You may feel drowsy or dizzy after your ketamine treatment and shouldn’t drive after having an infusion.

How often do I need ketamine treatment?

The number of ketamine treatments you require depends on the condition you have and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Your provider gives you a trial infusion to make sure the treatment works for you. If it does, you could have up to 10 ketamine infusions.

Although results vary between patients, most report having around three months of pain reduction after a series of ketamine treatments.

If you’re not getting relief from chronic pain despite the expert treatments provided by California Pain Medicine Center, contact them to find out more about ketamine treatment. Call their office or book an appointment online today.