Treating Physical Pain

Chronic Pain

We all experience pain throughout our life. Pain is vital for our survival and tells us when behaviors and situations are damaging to us. Physical pain such as pulling a muscle or cutting our finger as well as emotional pain such as depression and anxiety, are our body's way of telling us something is wrong and that we need to take action to alleviate the pain. Typically, once the situation changes our body and mind stop hurting.

Chronic pain, however, is different.

The body keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years after an injury. Our mind keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years after the scary situation has abated. Chronic pain has ongoing, debilitating effects on our ability to function in our day-to-day life and affects our mood, immune function, sleep, social relationships, motivation and more.

Ketamine is an analgesic, which means it stops pain. The Ketamine infusion therapies we offer work by creating new synaptic connections that allow your brain to better control chronic pain. By altering your neurotransmitters, you can find long-lasting relief from chronic pain, allowing you to get back to a normal life.

To boost the effects of ketamine infusion therapy, our board-certified physicians also offer nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) infusions, which restore your body’s energy, promote healing by activating the DNA repair process, reduce oxidative stress, reduce inflammation and better regulate body’s systems at a cellular level.

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If it were this easy to "just get over" chronic pain, nobody would ever suffer from it. I totally do not understand how people can nonchalantly brush off how utterly debilitating, painful, and agonizing it is to have to struggle through every second of every single day.”

—MK

Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, you probably know all too well how difficult it can be to treat. The long road of evaluations, diagnoses, and attempts to relieve the pain can leave you mentally and physically exhausted, and no better off than when you started. Even worse, it may also lead to opiate addiction. Pain management is a field of medicine that helps you manage your pain better through a number of different treatments, often used in combination, such as:
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication management
  • Interventional therapies and surgeries
  • Behavioral therapies
  • Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and chiropractic care
  • While pain management can be effective, if your chronic pain resists these treatments, it might be time to give ketamine and/or NAD+ therapy a try.

First and foremost, Ketamine is an analgesic, which means it stops pain in its tracks like most painkillers. By altering your neurotransmitters with Ketamine, you can find long-lasting relief from chronic pain. Furthermore, to boost the effects of ketamine infusion therapy, we also offer nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) infusions, which restore your body’s energy, promote healing by activating the DNA repair process, reduce oxidative stress, reduce inflammation and better regulate body’s systems at a cellular level. The combination of both Ketamine and NAD+ offers a powerful solution to chronic pain.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a broad term describing pain and inflammation that typically follows an injury to an arm or leg. CRPS pain is unlike other injuries in that if feels unpredictable and can result in patients feeling anxious, hopeless and depressed.

The amplification of pain experienced by a CRPS patients is believed to involve NMDA receptors in the brain. One of the reasons Ketamine is helpful to CRPS patients is because Ketamine acts as a NMDA receptor blocker - blocking those nerve cells from firing, thereby decreasing pain.

In our experience (and validated by independent research studies), several, consecutive, low-dose Ketamine infusions over 3-4 hours can dramatically reduce pain and increase physical and mental function in CRPS patients.

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“I've been living with CRPS for so long now that I frankly don't know whether I'm depressed from being in constant pain, or in constant pain because I feel so anxious all the time.”

—Nathan B

CRPS

Since Ketamine works on pain receptors in the brain, you will experience an immediate reduction of pain once the Ketamine infusion starts. After the infusion, you will likely feel less (if any) pain for a 24 hour period. After several consecutive treatments, many patients report a reduction/cessation of pain for days and sometimes weeks. The biggest challenge with treating CRPS is to maintain a regular infusion schedule in order to keep CRPS at bay.

In our experience 3-4 consecutive days of low-dose Ketamine infusions lasting approximately 3-4 hours each, offers CRPS patients the most relief. Some patients then take a day or two off treatments, and then repeat the treatment cycle again.

With CRPS, we believe there are changes in the central nervous system at work. These changes wind up the pain signals from your body. Normally, bumping your leg or touching a cold item would cause a small amount of pain. In someone with CRPS, those stimuli cause intense, severe pain. This type of amplification of pain is believed to be due to activation of one of the nerve cell receptors, namely NMDA receptor. Ketamine Is a potent anesthetic that works on these receptors, blocking them from firing, which decreases the pain.

Migraines & Headaches

Migraine and Cluster headaches are a very common type of headache that are often difficult to treat affecting more than 3 million people per year.  They are sometimes preceded by an aura, vary in intensity and duration that can often last for days. They are usually accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. There are multiple known triggers including food, stress, exercise and hormones.  

In our experience, most migraine patients feel frustrated and hopeless about conventional therapies/treatments and are looking for a new treatment that gives them hope and potential relief from their symptoms. We have instituted a cutting edge treatment involving a combination of medicines including ketamine that have shown great promise in our patients. If you are tired of continually suffering from your headaches and would like more information on how to get a reprieve from your pain than this treatment may be for you.

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“Living with debilitating migraine attacks is hard enough without also having to feel like no one gets that it’s more than just a headache. But it’s important to remember that you’re not alone, even though it may feel that way sometimes.”

—BD

Migraines & Headaches

This is a cutting edge treatment and we are still gathering data, but currently results have indicated anywhere from 1 to as many as 4 treatments in severe cases with occasional boosters over time. For those patients who are ‘responders’ a noticeable shift in their migraine can be felt within hours of the first treatment. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case and more treatments are need to determine responsiveness.

For migraines and headaches, we offer intranasal delivery of these medications and other therapeutic modalities through a specially designed nasal catheter.  This catheter allows for delivery near the Sphenopalatine Ganglion – a prime location to attack and alleviate headache pain.  The procedure is simple, quick, and painless.  Because of the consciousness-altering effects of the Ketamine, you will need to arrange transportation following treatment.

No. However, we do feel we can ascertain more definitive answers regarding the efficacy of the treatment if it is administered while a headache is present.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition.  The exact cause remains unknown, although potential triggers may include, congenital disposition, viral infections, immune system problems, hormonal imbalances, and physical or emotional trauma.  

Although notoriously difficult to treat, our approach that emphasizes treating all facets of our patients: the mind, body, and psyche is well suited towards attacking ailments like CFS.  NAD+, IV Nutrient Therapy can replenish the stores of these naturally occurring compounds that have been depleted by chronic stress and fatigue.  The resulting physical boost can serve as a springboard for coaching and psychotherapy to make long lasting changes on your mood, psyche, and physical performance.

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“I'm so tired of feeling tired. Feeling exhausted all the time is depressing. I'm terrified that this is what my life will always be like.”

—HB

Fatigue

The connection between our body and our mind is real and complex. Oftentimes patients feel emotionally drained because they lack energy and physical vitality. Othertimes, they feel fatigued because they are chronically depressed and anxious. Combination Infusion Therapy is an integrated approach to healing chronic fatigue by integrating treatments for your brain, your body and your mind.

Common Treatments for CFS include IV Hydration, IV B Vitamins, IV Vitamin C, IV NAD+, and IV Glutathione.  Intravenous Ketamine may also be recommended in your treatment plan.  

Glutathione is a naturally occurring antioxidant (composed of 3 amino acids) that prevents the damage that free radicals, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals inflict on your cells. It promotes a healthy immune system, improves skin texture, reduces fatigue, and enhances energy levels.  Small studies support its use for skin tone, psoriasis, fatty liver disease, peripheral arterial disease, insulin resistance, athletic performance, and Parkinson’s disease.

Any condition associated with excessive oxidative stress, inflammation and free radical damage (which includes most major conditions) could theoretically be helped by intravenous glutathione. The best-studied uses are for Parkinson’s Disease and side effect reduction associated with conventional cancer treatments. Other potential uses include conditions such as multiple sclerosis, progressive neuropathy, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and hypertension.

Although it depends on your treatment plan and number of visits, our patients usually notice a difference in their mood, energy level, and performance within 2 to 4 weeks. 

This depends on your underlying health status and the condition you are hoping to treat. After a consultation with our medical team, we will determine the most appropriate dose ane frequency of treatments for you.

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