Ketamine for Pain
Ketamine infusion (IV ketamine) has been used worldwide for 50 years as an anesthetic and is classed by the World Health Organization as “an essential medicine”. At lower doses ketamine infusion therapy has long been recognized as highly effective in giving immediate and sustained relief from many types of difficult-to-treat chronic pain.
“It’s clear that ketamine IV makes sense for pain – that’s what it was designed to do,” Dr. Reginald Richardson MD.
Acute pain is the body’s protective mechanism to signal injured or diseased tissue; when the underlying problem is cured, the pain goes away.
Chronic pain is not a protective mechanism. Instead, the nerves continue to send pain messages long after the injury or disease has healed. Chronic pain—unlike acute pain—can cause structural changes in the brain, create cognitive problems (ability to think clearly), anxiety and depression. Up to 40 percent of Americans are today dealing with chronic pain.