Ketamine Infusion Therapy Specialist

Premier Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Asheville, NC, Columbus, NC, Wilmington NC, Southern Pines NC, Easley SC, & Greenwood SC

Ketamine infusion therapy could ease your severe or chronic pain when other treatments have been unsuccessful. If you have persistent musculoskeletal pain, Javid Baksh, DO, and Christopher Mallard, MD, at Premier Pain Solutions are experts in using ketamine. Find out how ketamine infusion therapy could help you by contacting one of the practice’s offices, which are conveniently located in Asheville, Columbus, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, North Carolina; and Easley and Greenwood, South Carolina. Call or book an appointment online today.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy Q & A

What is ketamine infusion therapy?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a nonsurgical option for patients who have chronic pain that isn’t responding to conservative treatments.

Ketamine is an anesthetic used in surgery. It stops the peripheral nerves that spread throughout your body from communicating with your brain, so you don’t feel any pain. Ketamine also has an anti-inflammatory effect.

In addition to having anesthetic properties, ketamine acts on the neurotransmitters in your brain. These chemical messengers affect your feelings, and imbalances in neurotransmitter levels are a leading cause of mood disorders like depression.

Depression and chronic pain often occur together, so ketamine infusion therapy can be a particularly useful drug for patients with both of these problems.

Why might I need ketamine infusion therapy?

Premier Pain Solutions uses ketamine infusion therapy to offer hope to patients who are suffering from various types of chronic pain, including:

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Arthritis
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)
  • Neuropathic pain

Managing pain conditions usually involves combining treatments like physical therapies, oral medication, counseling, and relaxation techniques. For many patients, this is a highly successful solution; others might require additional interventions such as steroid injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and stem cell therapy.

If your condition doesn’t improve after trying these approaches, ketamine infusion therapy offers an alternative to surgery.

What happens when I have ketamine infusion therapy?

Premier Pain Solutions performs ketamine infusion therapy in-office, in relaxing, peaceful surroundings. Your provider gently puts a needle into your arm vein and connects it to the IV (intravenous) line. The ketamine infusion then steadily drips down the line and into your body.

Your ketamine infusion therapy takes about an hour to complete. During that time, you can entertain yourself with a book, magazine, or mobile device, or just lie back and relax.

When your session is over, your provider monitors you for a short time to ensure you don’t get any unwanted effects from your ketamine infusion therapy. It’s possible to experience sensory changes or visual disturbances, and you might feel quite sleepy.

Most patients get optimal benefits from ketamine infusion therapy by having a series of treatments at three- to four-day intervals.

To find out if ketamine infusion therapy could help control your chronic pain, call Premier Pain Solutions today or book an appointment online.