Ketamine infusions offer transformative results for people with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Allison Mulcahy, MD is a double board-certified physician and a Stella-certified ketamine and stellate ganglion block provider who offers innovative solutions to people who are searching for hope and relief from their persistent symptoms. Call the nearest office or use the online link to arrange your consultation now.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that has long been used during surgery. In more recent years, medical experts discovered that ketamine is highly effective in many other situations, including chronic pain and mental health disorders.
Ketamine treats issues including:
While it’s not generally the first step in treatment, ketamine can offer truly amazing results for people struggling with chronic debilitating pain and mental health problems. In fact, it’s about 90% effective for PTSD, ranking it among the most effective of all treatments for that disorder.
The specifics of how ketamine works are extremely complex, but it essentially affects glutamate and opioid receptors in your brain to create the desired effects. Ketamine can rewire your brain, changing bad things like negative thoughts into new positive ones.
You receive ketamine through intravenous infusions at Boost. You relax in a comfortable area as the medication gradually enters your veins through a slim catheter.
The ketamine infusion treatment usually takes around 40 minutes. After your infusion, you remain in the office for a short period (around 20 minutes) so Dr. Mulcahy can monitor you for any issues before you return home.
Dr. Mulcahy can also administer ketamine through intramuscular injections. She prefers to avoid oral routes of administration because ketamine has a bioavailability (absorption) rate of as low as 17% when taken by mouth.
In some cases, ketamine may be just one aspect of your treatment. Dr. Mulcahy may recommend a stellate ganglion block, an injection that’s sometimes called a nervous system reset. Some studies show that the two different anesthetics can work together to maximize your results.
The best way to find out whether ketamine could work for you is a consultation at Boost. In general, the best candidates for ketamine infusion therapy are people who have chronic pain or treatment-resistant mental health issues.
If you’re struggling with your current treatment approach and need mental and emotional relief, ketamine could help.
Dr. Mulcahy is a Stella-certified ketamine and stellate ganglion block provider with extensive expertise in helping her patients find the treatments they need. To learn more about ketamine, call the Boost office nearest you or book your appointment online now.