Millions of adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain and are unable to work or socialize because of their discomfort. Finding an effective treatment for chronic pain is frustrating and may leave you feeling angry, depressed, and anxious. At Integrated Spine And Pain Care in Farmingdale and Deer Park, New York, board-certified interventional pain medicine specialist Mikael Sarij, MD, offers state-of-the-art treatments for pain including ketamine infusions. To learn more about ketamine infusions and how they may benefit your pain condition, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Ketamine is a general anesthetic used during surgery or diagnostic procedures to prevent pain and discomfort. It interacts with specific receptors in your brain to decrease central sensitization and your memory of pain.
More recently, doctors use low-dose ketamine infusions to alleviate chronic pain conditions. However, the intravenous analgesia is only FDA-approved for anesthesia and surgical sedation. Ketamine infusions for other conditions such as chronic pain or depression are considered off-label use.
Ketamine infusions at Integrated Spine And Pain Care are a state-of-the-art treatment aimed at helping those suffering from chronic pain. When infused at a low dose, ketamine not only alleviates your pain but also increases synaptic connectivity in your brain that may help prolong the effects.
Dr. Sarij determines if you’re a candidate for ketamine infusions during a consultation. Though useful for alleviating many chronic pain conditions, he may only recommend ketamine infusions if other methods of pain management fail to relieve your discomfort.
You may be a candidate for ketamine infusions if you suffer from treatment-resistant chronic pain conditions such as:
Dr. Sarij is an interventional pain medicine specialist and offers many minimally invasive treatments to help those suffering from chronic pain conditions and works one-on-one with you to find the most effective treatment to help you get relief.
Dr. Sarij provides detailed information about what you can expect during your ketamine infusions at your consultation, including how to prepare, what to expect during, and what happens afterward. In general, Dr. Sarij conducts your ketamine infusions at the office under close supervision.
The length of your ketamine infusion may vary depending on your pain condition. After your infusion, Dr. Sarij recommends you remain at the office for observation for a set time (about 30 minutes) and arrange to have someone bring you home. He also requests you that you take it easy for the remainder of the day.
To get the most benefits out of your ketamine infusions, you may need a series of treatments. Dr. Sarij reviews the frequency of your ketamine infusions at your consultation so you can prepare.
Ketamine infusions may be the pain-relieving treatment you’ve been searching for. To schedule a consultation, contact Integrated Spine And Pain Care by phone or book online today.