Chronic Pain

Ketamine Center of Connecticut

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Milford, CT

The latest studies show that 20% of American adults live with chronic pain and 8% of all adults limit their social, work, family, and personal activities due to pain. When other treatments fail to relieve your pain, you may be a good candidate for ketamine infusions at the Ketamine Center of Connecticut in Milford Connecticut. Gino Ang, MD, and the team have an excellent success rate of 80-90%, however there’s no guarantee that a ketamine infusion will work for you. To learn more about ketamine for treating chronic pain, call our Milford office to schedule an appointment.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What does it mean to have chronic pain?

Your chronic pain may begin due to an acute injury, following surgery, or after you develop an overuse or degenerative condition. In some cases, the original source of chronic pain can’t be identified.

No matter what caused your pain, it becomes chronic when it lasts longer than three months, or it continues after the tissues have healed.

How does ketamine relieve chronic pain?

Ketamine is an anesthetic that has been used during surgery for decades. The drug has such an impressive safety record that it’s often recommended for children’s surgery. While high doses of ketamine are used during surgery, it becomes a highly effective pain reliever when it’s delivered in a low dose.

Ketamine treats chronic pain and many pain syndromes by targeting receptors in your brain that transmit pain signals. As ketamine blocks the pain pathways, your pain is diminished.

What types of pain conditions do you treat with ketamine?

The team at the Ketamine Center of Connecticut treats a wide variety of chronic pain conditions with ketamine, including:

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia

Many types of chronic neuropathic pain respond well to intravenous (IV) ketamine therapy, but current studies show strong evidence for using ketamine to treat CRPS.

CRPS is a type of chronic neuropathic pain that develops following a soft-tissue or bone injury (CRPS type I) or a nerve injury (CRPS type II).

Patients with CRPS have prolonged, severe pain that’s described as a burning sensation or like pins and needles. The pain typically begins in a hand or foot and may spread to include the entire limb. Many patients also develop color and temperature changes in their skin.

What should I expect during ketamine treatments?

The anesthesiologists at Ketamine Center of Connecticut administer ketamine using a slow, intravenous (IV) infusion that’s precisely delivered by a pump. During your treatment, your heart rate and blood pressure are continuously monitored using Caretaker®, a wireless device worn on your wrist.

Some patients experience mild dissociation, and then their mind is clear within 15 minutes after their infusion is finished. If you respond to ketamine, your pain relief should occur within a few hours to days. Your provider at Ketamine Center of Connecticut may recommend six total treatments to produce longer-lasting results.

To learn more about how ketamine may relieve your pain, call Ketamine Center of Connecticut to schedule an appointment.