Pain Management Specialist

Avesta Ketamine and Wellness

Anesthesiology & Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in McLean, VA, Bethesda, MD

Managing your chronic pain with opioid medications may not be the best long-term solution since the drugs are addictive. With ketamine infusions at Avesta Ketamine and Wellness in McLean, Virginia, and Bethesda, Maryland, you can reduce chronic pain without the risk of addiction and nearly immediate results. To schedule your pain management consultation, call Avesta Ketamine and Wellness, or book online today.

Pain Management Q & A

What are some common causes of chronic pain?

For many people, chronic pain is a lifelong issue. It can stop you from working and be very costly and time-consuming to manage. It can also limit your mobility and physical strength, making it difficult to perform movements and tasks that were once very simple for you. 

There are many conditions that cause chronic pain, but it can also be a lasting result of an acute injury. Often, chronic pain develops and lasts for months or years after a surgery or an injury. Your nerves continuously send pain signals to your brain, making you feel pain even long after you’ve healed. 

Chronic pain can vary in its sensations, causing dullness, sharpness, or burning. When you come to Avesta Ketamine and Wellness for pain management, your provider asks for details about your pain, when it started, and whether or not you have an official diagnosis.

What is pain management?

If you have chronic pain, finding a way to manage it can help you feel better overall and restore some of your mobility. One of the more traditional approaches to pain management is the use of prescription opioids, but they’re addictive, and it can be dangerous to use them long-term.

Lifestyle changes, like getting reasonable exercise, stopping smoking, or improving your diet, might reduce some of your chronic pain. However, there is not a cure for chronic pain, and you might not experience very much relief. Everyone reacts to pain management strategies differently, and it’s important to work with a provider you trust to get the best outcome. 

How does ketamine work for pain management?

Avesta Ketamine and Wellness offers ketamine infusions for pain management. Once used only as a sedative and pain blocker for surgery, experts have found that low-dose ketamine can result in significant improvements for chronic pain in many patients. 

Interestingly, ketamine interacts with the opioid receptors in your brain. These are the same receptors that opioid medications affect, which increase your pain threshold. Ketamine also helps reduce chronic pain by blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, which make your nervous system more sensitive to pain. 

Perhaps the greatest benefit of ketamine over opioids is that it is non-addictive. You undergo 2-4 infusions over the course of a few days with relief right away after your first. Avesta Ketamine and Wellness assesses you to customize your treatment plan according to your individual needs. 

Learn more about chronic pain and how ketamine helps with pain management by calling Avesta Ketamine and Wellness or requesting an appointment online today.