Pain Management with Ketamine
Ketamine is known for its anesthetic and even dissociative properties. At standard doses, ketamine serves as an anesthetic for surgical procedures.
At lower doses, ketamine affects the central nervous system, influencing the patient’s perception of pain. Ketamine blocks N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors and modulates glutamate. Both of these processes are integral factors in pain signaling.
Chronic pain can be challenging to address. Many patients have turned to ketamine and found success after failing with previous medications.
While many patients have found relief with ketamine, each individual should determine whether ketamine is a viable option with the help of their healthcare team.