According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million Americans—6% of the population—have chronic pain so severe it limits their ability to live a normal, productive life. In 2018, there were more than 50 million Americans—15% of the population—living with chronic pain. For many of them, they are unable to work, socialize, or take care of themselves and their families.
To treat this condition, there are a number of oral, topical, and intravenous therapies available. Oral medications include ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and opioids for many kinds of body pain. Topical medications which are applied directly onto the skin of the painful area, such as lidocaine, are available for more isolated physical pains. Intravenous solutions, like Ketamine infusion therapy, are also available for treating most types of chronic pain.
In addition to medication, there are also exercises that can be performed, under the supervision of a physical therapist, to treat certain types of pain. There is also acupuncture, transcutaneous electro-nerve stimulation, and superficial injections for painful “trigger point” muscles.
For most severe cases of chronic pain, powerful, addictive opioids are usually prescribed. These medications, while effective at relieving many kinds of pain, can cause physical and emotional dependence. With long-term use, an individual will require regular increases in dosage, in order to continue to provide relief for the same pain. This can lead to an unexpected, and an unhealthy addiction to the drug. In some cases when the prescriptions stop, this also leads to illegal drug use.
Over the last decade, ketamine infusions have risen in popularity. This NMDA receptor antagonist offers a unique opportunity to change the impact that pain has on an individual and their life. It has proven to be an effective treatment for pain, due to how quickly it works, and its influence on the glutamatergic system. Impressively, it has not been shown to cause physical or emotional addiction.
The ability to relieve pain without causing a dependence on a tolerance building medication is a significant step forward in the field of pain management. Through the guidance of a ketamine clinic, an individual can quickly regain control of their life by shedding themselves of their chronic pain, and removing any prior unhealthy addictions, all at once.
Contact Elev8 MD Wellness Center
Please call our Charlotte ketamine clinic and wellness center for more information about the various pain management options available. We offer ketamine infusions for chronic pain, as well as several holistic pain management options, such as massage, reiki and CBD products. Reach out to us today to find out if you are a candidate for ketamine infusions, or any of our other pain management solutions.