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Chronic Pain Treatment

Apex Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine Infusion Specialist located in Glenwood Springs, CO

Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that can persist for years, even a lifetime, and traditional treatments often provide little relief. If you haven't responded well to traditional chronic pain treatments, Apex Ketamine Therapy in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, may have the right solution for you. The Apex team uses ketamine infusion therapy to alleviate symptoms of chronic pain from a variety of conditions including Chronic Regional Pain Syndrom (CRPS), fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and more. Find out more by calling, or schedule an appointment online.

Chronic Pain Treatment Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is defined as any type of pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more. The pain can feel sharp or dull, and may also ache or burn. What sets chronic pain apart from other types of pain is that it doesn’t go away when your body heals from an injury or condition. Chronic pain constantly sends pain signals to your brain, which can ultimately affect your mobility, flexibility, and strength.


Some of the most common types of chronic pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Bone pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Nerve pain
    Psychogenic pain
  • Headache
  • Post surgical pain


While chronic pain affects people of all ages, older adults are at a higher risk of having it than younger adults. Obesity, surgery, recurrent injuries, and being female also put you at a higher risk.

 

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain can have no known cause, but some common conditions that do cause chronic pain in some patients include:

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain of the bones and muscles, fatigue, and even depression.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)

IBS is characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowels, leading to bloating, cramping, and chronic abdominal pain.

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

TMJ is a painful condition of the joints in your jaw that can cause chronic jaw pain, tenderness, soreness, headaches, and clenching.

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome makes you feel chronically tired and worn down. Many patients also experience chronic muscle, bone, and joint pain.

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is an autoimmune illness caused by tick bites. Without immediate treatment, Lyme disease can lead to chronic pain, general fatigue, joint pain, and more.

 

How does ketamine infusion therapy treat chronic pain?

Traditional pain medications essentially dull your pain signals to help you lead a more fulfilling life. What makes ketamine infusion therapy different, however, is that it uses ketamine—a common anesthetic for humans and animals—to effectively reboot the neurotransmitters in your brain that are linked to pain.

Ketamine infusion therapy at Apex Ketamine Therapy is a safe, effective chronic pain relief treatment that uses low doses of ketamine to rewire the way your brain reacts to pain. Since ketamine disconnects the pain signals from the part of the brain that perceives pain, you may experience temporary pain relief during your infusion. Sometimes this relief persists for some time after the infusion. 

Results vary, and patients with chronic pain typically require more aggressive ketamine infusion therapy, so you and the team will work together to determine the right number of treatments for you. Call Apex Ketamine Therapy or schedule an appointment online to learn more.