Greater Austin Pain Center
The Greater Austin Pain Center is an experienced provider of ketamine infusion treatments in Austin. When you schedule an appointment with Greater Austin Pain Center, one of our pain specialists will take the time to learn more about you, your medical history, and your experience with pain. If it’s clear that your chronic pain condition has resisted other treatments, then we may designate you as a good candidate for ketamine infusion. If that decision is made, our specialists will then determine a treatment plan that works for you and choose a dosage that is appropriate for your body weight.
Patients can expect their ketamine infusion treatments to last 60 minutes. Ketamine is administered slowly through an IV. Results, however, may be fast-acting, and you may experience feelings of disassociation or deep relaxation during your infusion. Throughout your treatment, our healthcare professionals will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels as a precautionary measure and stop treatment if your vitals are irregular.
While side effects are minimal, patients undergoing ketamine IV infusion may experience dizziness, light sensitivity, nausea, confusion, fatigue, and/or loss of appetite. As such, it is mandatory that patients have a friend or family member accompany them home after their infusion treatment.
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine has been used in the medical industry for over 50 years. Originally used as an anesthetic during surgery, ketamine has recently been clinically-proven to be effective for other uses. Ketamine, when administered through an IV, can be used to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain for patients who have not had success treating their conditions with other treatments and medications.
What are Ketamine Infusion Treatments?
Ketamine infusion therapy can be used to treat chronic pain, depression, migraines and other neuropathic painful conditions when those conditions have resisted treatment. Ketamine is typically administered intravenously through a series of infusions depending on the patient’s needs. The mechanism of action of ketamine is believed to be through the blockade of NMDA and HCN1 receptors. This biological reaction to the drug then provides relief from pain.
At Greater Austin Pain Center, we offer ketamine IV therapy as one of our many treatment options for managing chronic pain. To schedule an appointment or request more information, contact our Austin pain management experts.