Chronic Pain

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Chronic Pain

Everyone experiences occasional aches and pains. This can result from injury or through prolonged wear and tear, and in most cases will usually heal with enough time, rest, and medication.

Chronic pain, however, is different. Chronic pain can be defined as a sharp or dull pain that lasts 12 weeks or longer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 20.4% of adults (approximately 50 million) experienced chronic pain in 2016. It is one of the most common reasons why adults seek medical care, and why it contributes to an estimated $560 billion a year in medical costs, lost productivity, and disability programs.

Some of the most common types of chronic pain include:

  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Postsurgical pain
  • Post-trauma pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Arthritis & joint pain
  • Pain in your feet due to diabetes
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles (VAV)
  • Neurogenic pain (pain caused by nerve damage)
  • Psychogenic pain (pain that isn't caused by disease, injury, or nerve damage)

Chronic pain is commonly caused by an initial injury, such as a pulled muscle or a severe sprain. It can also appear as a result of surgical procedures. Researchers believe that chronic pain develops after nerves become damaged after an injury or surgery. In some cases, chronic pain can persist even after the underlying injury has been treated and resolved. While chronic pain cannot be fully cured, it can be managed successfully with proper care and treatment.

How Ketamine Infusion Therapy Can Help with Acute and Chronic Pain

While Ketamine Infusion Therapy has been used primarily to treat depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome, medical researchers and physicians are now discovering the benefits of Ketamine for combatting chronic or acute postoperative pain.

According to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, sub-anesthetic ketamine infusions could be, "considered for patients undergoing large painful procedures, patients who are opioid-dependent, opioid-tolerant patients with chronic pain that have an acute exacerbation, and patients at risk of side effects from high doses of opioids such as patients with obstructive sleep apnea" - James P. Rathmell, MD (professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School).

This guideline for the use of Ketamine to treat chronic pain has been approved by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Along with our Ketamine Infusion Therapy, Sacred Oak Medical Center also offers Group Therapy Programs for those who prefer a more communal environment. Our Therapy Groups provide support for individuals who are struggling with behavioral, mental or chemical dependency issues on their road to recovery, health, and wellness. This approach has also proven highly effective in helping individuals stay on coarse with their recovery. Before choosing to administer Ketamine Infusion Therapy or any other treatment option, it is vital for the individual to receive a proper assessment.

Sacred Oak Medical Center is committed to working with our patients to provide the right treatment to help alleviate the discomfort caused by chronic pain. Our state of the art facilities and staff of highly skilled medical professionals and physicians will help you find the comprehensive wellness treatment program to help you take the next step towards recovery and wellness.

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Our personalized treatment programs at Sacred Oak Medical Center are individualized to focus on each person’s unique struggles and needs. Sacred Oak’s treatment team will assist patients in discovering and utilizing the tools they need to be able to develop a healthier, stronger, more positive life. Throughout the treatment experience, we work together with our patients and their families to support the best possible outcome for success in the future.