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Ketamine Infusion

Advanced Pain Solutions -  - Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Advanced Pain Solutions

Interventional Pain Management Specialists Located in Grand Rapids and Ionia, MI

Chronic pain and depression share a similar problem: they’re hard to treat with conventional medical care. However, they both respond well to ketamine infusions. The specialists at Advanced Pain Solutions in Ionia, Michigan, offer ketamine infusion therapy to patients with pain and mental health conditions. Ketamine infusions are especially effective for those who don’t feel better with traditional treatment. To learn if ketamine infusions may help you, call the office or connect online. Advanced Pain Solutions is proud to serve the greater West Michigan area.

Ketamine Infusion Q & A


What is a ketamine infusion?

An infusion is a treatment that’s administered intravenously. When you receive a ketamine infusion, your provider at Advanced Pain Solutions inserts an IV into an arm vein, then gradually introduces medication into the vein.

Ketamine is an anesthetic medicine that’s common during surgery and has a decades-long history of safety. When ketamine is infused at a low dose, it relieves pain and reduces symptoms associated with psychological disorders and pain hypersensitivity. In most patients, a ketamine infusion produces fast results, often relieving symptoms after the first session.

Ketamine works by changing several biochemical pathways in your brain. One way it relieves pain is by blocking receptors that transmit pain signals. 


What chronic pain conditions improve with a ketamine infusion?

Low-dose ketamine infusions relieve pain caused by conditions such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Migraines
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Lyme disease
  • Cancer pain


What mental health conditions may a ketamine infusion treat?

Ketamine infusions may be trialed for:

  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety disorders


What should I expect during a ketamine infusion?

After you relax in a comfortable chair, your provider establishes an IV line, and the infusion begins. A ketamine infusion may take 1-2 hours because a slow infusion produces optimal results.

The Advanced Pain Solutions staff closely supervises you throughout your infusion. When treatment is complete, you stay in the office and rest for a while before going home.


When do I see results following a ketamine infusion?

After the first few treatments, your Advanced Pain Solutions provider can determine how well you respond to ketamine. Some people may not respond, but many experience a significant improvement during their first ketamine treatment.

A series of infusions lead to results that last several weeks, months, or some cases, even longer. To maintain your results, you may need maintenance sessions, which are easy and relaxing.

To learn if you’re a good candidate for ketamine infusions, call Advanced Pain Solutions, or contact the practice online.