Ketamine Information

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Patients come to us when they are frustrated with the options their doctors have given them and they are searching for something better.

Conventional medicines for major depression, anxiety and pain are not good, long-term options. Traditional medications are meant to be used for short periods of time. The longer medication is used, the greater the risk for dependency, and higher doses need to continually be prescribed. This creates a dangerous cycle for patients, and it does not offer relief from their conditions.



Ketamine has shown to be effective in addressing treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. The FDA approved its use in 2019 and ketamine is providing much-needed help for those who are dealing with tough mental issues.


Ketamine is also an effective source of chronic pain relief. It was first introduced as an anesthetic many decades ago because of its fast-acting ability to suppress pain. During the course of its use, medical experts found that this drug presented a promising treatment for other conditions, including chronic neuropathic pain.


The mechanism behind ketamine’s success isn’t entirely understood, but we do know that the drug acts very quickly in altering the way your brain’s neurons communicate with one another.

More specifically, ketamine binds to receptors in your brain that activate the release of molecules creating new pathways in your brain, favorably affecting mood and thoughts.

When it comes to pain relief, ketamine works by blocking N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in your brain. Your NMDA receptors play a significant role in pain in that they amplify your pain signaling.

Outside of blocking pain, ketamine is also thought to play a role in reducing inflammation.

Again, we want to underscore the point that research is ongoing regarding the exact mechanism behind ketamine’s success as a painkiller and antidepressant, but we do know that it has helped many of our patients find much-needed relief.

Eligibility for Ketamine

While we’ve already mentioned depression and chronic pain as examples when ketamine can be effective, let’s take a closer look.

When it comes to physical pain, we use ketamine to address:

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia

In most cases, we use ketamine after we’ve tried other pain management techniques, such as nerve blocks, medications, and injections.

While these techniques can be effective, the results are typically short-lived, and there are certain risks, including addiction to pain medications. With ketamine infusion therapy, we deliver controlled doses of the drug that trigger pain relief but avoid the pitfalls of addiction.

When it comes to your mental health, we can use ketamine infusions to treat major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The fast action of ketamine is especially useful when it comes to stopping the downward spiral of depression into suicidal ideation.

To determine whether you’re a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy, we perform an extensive analysis of your current and past health. We also review any treatments you’ve had in the past to see whether ketamine might be the solution to your health problem.

Find out if you are a good candidate for Ketamine Infusion Therapy:

  • Do you suffer from depression?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any of the following: Major Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, OCD?
  • Do you have chronic pain?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any of the following pain syndromes: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Neuropathic Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia, TMJ syndrome, chronic back/musculoskeletal pain?
  • Have you been resistant to standard therapies or intolerant to their side effects?

If you’d like to learn more about our ketamine infusion therapy, we would like you to consider the benefits to ketamine infusions with our experienced pain management team at Salson Clinics.

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