For the past few years, Ketamine has been at the forefront of clinical research for mental health. Most of the studies include Ketamine therapy usage for chronic pain. In the year 2019, it was reported that 20.4% of all adults in America had chronic pain. Furthermore, 7.4% of adults had chronic pain that limited work and life activity. Those who suffer from chronic pain not only experience a decrease in overall quality of life, but they oftentimes experience accompanying depression and other impacts on their mental health.
The search for relief and pain treatment is a long and tedious road which may lead to opioid dependence and the dangers that come from that. Ketamine is bringing hope to this demographic of people as a new method for healing and pain relief.
If you suffer from crippling pain and debilitating mental illness, Ketamine may be right for you. Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives is the leading provider of Ketamine treatments in the Salt Lake Valley. Learn more about this new treatment and if it is right for you by contacting us. Call Therapeutic Alternatives today at 385-685-1410 for a FREE consultation.
Benefits of Ketamine
- Improve symptoms of chronic pain
- Improve overall mental wellness
- Near instantaneous relief
- Rewire the brain
- Ideal alternative to opioids
What is Ketamine?
Ketamine is a synthetic drug. It was first discovered in the 1960s and used as an anesthetic in battle. The FDA approved Ketamine in 1970, and it remains popular as an anesthetic today as it does not affect the respiratory system. Ketamine is also utilized in veterinary medicine as an animal tranquilizer.
Recently, in 2019, Ketamine was approved by the FDA. It was approved as a treatment for depression. Ketamine has been hailed as the ‘most significant breakthrough in depression in over 60 years. This is sparking interest among many researchers. Ketamine has become the topic of numerous clinical studies testing this synthetic drug to treat chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, OCD, and so much more.
Ketamine for Chronic Pain
Ketamine for chronic pain works differently than traditional treatment options. Chronic pain varies widely, as does the depression that often accompanies it. At any level of consistent pain, it is understandable that feelings of hopelessness occur. This is especially true when treatment options are limited and unreliable.
Research done at Yale University has proved Ketamine to affect glutamate production. Glutamate is a powerful neurotransmitter that creates new pathways and connections in the brain. Ketamine increases glutamate, which helps the brain become more adaptable. The brain plays a prominent role in healing and wellness. Ketamine works to target the source of the problem.
The effects this therapy has on the body are profound and long-lasting. Theories that Ketamine reduces brain signals connected to inflammation are also being tested. Where other medications simply dull symptoms (if indeed the medication has any effect at all), Ketamine works first to heal the mind, thereby enabling the body to follow suit.
Ketamine for Chronic Pain in Clinical Studies
Medical research and studies are being conducted to test the safety and efficacy of Ketamine more and more every year. Since Ketamine’s first use decades ago, and even after being widely abused in the streets as ‘special k,’ Ketamine is now at the forefront of treatment for mental health and treatment resistant physical ailments.
A study completed in December 2020 by VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the University of Michigan tested Ketamine for chronic pain among 60 patients. These patients had an average of 7.5 years of disease duration (chronic pain). After 12 weeks, it was concluded that the pain of patients who received Ketamine was significantly reduced, and side effects were minimal. More researchers are aiming to study Ketamine more widely to continue to prove Ketamine as safe and effective.
Opioids vs. Ketamine
If you are searching for an alternative to opioid medication for chronic pain, Ketamine treatment may be right for you. Opioid addiction is a current crisis in America. Opioid abuse and addiction very often begin with prescription abuse. This is unfortunate because an opioid medication is the primary treatment option for many with chronic pain. Clinical studies prove that Ketamine is more effective, faster, and safer than opioids. Speak directly with a provider at Therapeutic Alternatives to learn more about the safety of Ketamine.
How Does Ketamine Work?
Many medications require constant intake to be effective, and sometimes there is little to no effect. Yale Medicine’s chief psychiatrist Dr. John Krystal states that “when you take Ketamine, it triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow. It’s the reaction to Ketamine, not the presence of Ketamine in the body that constitutes its effects”. This sets Ketamine apart from most medications, and studies continue to show Ketamine as fast-acting, long-lasting, and more effective than traditional options. This has been proven in studies of Ketamine for PTSD, chronic pain, addiction, depression, anxiety, OCD, and more.
Ketamine Treatment Applications
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chronic Pain
- Treatment-resistant Depression
- Suicidal Ideation
- Phobia-related Disorders
What to Expect During Ketamine Treatment
Ketamine is administered intramuscularly or infused via IV over 40 – 60 minutes at a low dose. During this session, patients are closely monitored. As Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, patients may experience an altered state of mind, though they will be awake and maintain their speaking ability. 6 to 10 sessions are typically prescribed for a complete treatment course for Ketamine for chronic pain.
Therapeutic Alternatives is dedicated to offering affordable Ketamine treatment. Providers create a personalized treatment plan for every patient based on their unique needs and budget. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Therapeutic Alternatives to learn more about what the cost of Ketamine treatments will be for you.
Why Choose Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives
The providers of Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives are Candace Curzon, LCSW, and Austin Francom, APRN, FNP. Candace and Austin believe in the profound healing benefits of Ketamine and have created a clinic reflecting these beliefs. Each room is designed to be welcoming, comforting, and ideal for optimal healing. Both providers are trained in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and have extensive experience in patient care. You can rest assured that you will receive the highest standard of care, personalized to you, at Therapeutic Alternatives.
Ketamine for Chronic Pain in SLC, UT
Begin your journey of healing with Ketamine treatment for chronic pain today. Contact Ketamine Therapy SLC at Therapeutic Alternatives, the premier provider of Ketamine treatments in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Our providers are dedicated to offering this new healing method to all men and women in the surrounding areas of Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Sandy, Holladay, Cottonwood Heights, Ogden, should contact Ketamine Therapy at Therapeutic Alternatives to learn about Ketamine treatment options. Call 385-685-1410 today for a complimentary consultation and find out if Ketamine is right for you.
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