Ketamine Infusions

January 3, 2022

Intravenous (IV) Ketamine is an exciting therapy. It is being used for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD) and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). It has also been used for radiculopathy, phantom limb pain, post herpetic neuralgia migraine, central neuropathic pain, chemotherapy induced neuropathy, fibromyalgia, painful limb ischemia, traumatic peripheral nerve injury, spinal cord injury, temporomandibular joint pain, trigeminal neuropathic pain and whiplash.

Ketamine is used when first-line treatments, such as tricyclic antidepressants (such as amitriptyline or Elavil) or reuptake inhibitors (such as duloxetine or Cymbalta) or “membrane stablizers,”(such as gabapentin or Neurontin or pregabalin or Lyrica) don’t work for CRPS or MDD. Up to 60% of patients with neuropathic pain can be unresponsive to standard treatment.

We will perform up to 4 infusions separated by a week. If necessary, we can perform daily infusions for up to 10 days. Our infusions last 2 hours. Patients will be monitored by an RN for the entire procedure.

Greater than 50% relief has been seen after a 10-day infusion with benefit up to 3 months, with “booster infusions“ of three infusions as needed.

Please check with your insurance provider to see if this treatment is covered.