Ketamine Treatment for Spinal Injury in Southern California

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a traumatic event that can be debilitating to a patient’s physical, psychological and social well-being. An acute injury to the back or neck can impact the way a person moves, eats, breathes, and sleeps, and most patients with SCIs experience chronic pain.

In the United States, chronic back and neck pain are the most common reasons adults seek medical care.  Not only do chronic pain sufferers experience reductions in their quality of life, but they may also face an increased risk of opioid dependence, anxiety and depression. It’s no wonder that so many Americans with chronic pain are in search of evidence-based therapies that provide relief. 

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we use intravenous (IV) ketamine therapy to help our patients with spinal cord injury, or chronic neck and back pain find that relief.

If you’re experiencing chronic neck or back pain, or have suffered an SCI, and would like to learn more about IV ketamine as a treatment option, you are invited to call today to set up a free consultation, or contact us here

What is Ketamine IV Therapy?

Millions of people suffer from chronic and debilitating physical and psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression. However, many of these conditions may stop responding to medications, like anti-depressants, and other therapies. IV ketamine therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for people who suffer from treatment-resistant:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Acute suicidality
  • PTSD
  • Chronic pain

 

Physicians have used Ketamine for over 50 years as an anesthetic. However, new research indicates its effectiveness in other applications too.

Researchers at Mass General Hospital conducted the largest study of IV ketamine therapy. They found that over 70% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression experienced symptom relief with IV ketamine therapy. This study, along with a growing number of others, is a major finding that demonstrates the effectiveness of IV ketamine for those who have tried standard treatments but haven’t responded adequately.

What is Ketamine IV Therapy?

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Millions of people suffer from chronic and debilitating physical and psychiatric disorders, including anxiety and depression. However, many of these conditions may stop responding to medications, like anti-depressants, and other therapies. IV ketamine therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for people who suffer from treatment-resistant:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Acute suicidality
  • PTSD
  • Chronic pain

 

Physicians have used Ketamine for over 50 years as an anesthetic. However, new research indicates its effectiveness in other applications too.

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Researchers at Mass General Hospital conducted the largest study of IV ketamine therapy. They found that over 70% of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression experienced symptom relief with IV ketamine therapy. This study, along with a growing number of others, is a major finding that demonstrates the effectiveness of IV ketamine for those who have tried standard treatments but haven’t responded adequately.

How is a Spinal Injury Treated with Ketamine IV Therapy?

For over 50 years, ketamine has been used widely as a safe, FDA-approved anesthetic. Within the past 20 years, research has investigated the use of ketamine to treat both physical and mental disorders.

Research has shown that ketamine is effective for treating severe depression, PTSD, anxiety, and many other conditions. Studies suggest that ketamine can treat chronic pain, like that which results from spinal cord injuries. Ketamine may also have the potential to reduce dependency on other painkillers and opioids by relieving the symptoms of chronic pain.

Ketamine works by stimulating brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and the growth of neurons in the brain. Researchers have also observed increased synaptic connections in patients treated with IV Ketamine therapy. This neuronal growth and increased neuronal interconnectivity relieve symptoms of chronic pain.

At Neuro Wellness Spa, a registered nurse distributes ketamine to the body through an IV. Dosage depends on body weight. NWS follows the accepted guideline of 0.5mg/kg body weight for the initial infusion.

The entire process occurs in a controlled medical setting and patients are continuously monitored.

Delivered at a slow and controlled rate, the procedure is very safe. IV ketamine does not suppress the respiratory or cardiovascular systems. Patients won’t hallucinate or become unconscious. Few, if any, side effects result. Patients may feel disoriented, nauseous, or sensitive to light and sounds.

So how does the ketamine for spinal injury work?

A spinal injury is an injury to the spinal cord that leads to varying degrees of motor and/or sensory deficits and paralysis. Pain is common among patients with spinal cord injury and may persist for many years after the acute trauma. 

A spinal injury manifests differently in every sufferer. Each injury varies in intensity based on the:

  • Location of the injury on the spine
  • Severity of the injury

Some people with an SCI will experience a complete loss of motor function. While most will experience incomplete motor and sensory impairment, and may experience symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Reduced mobility or range of motion
  • Intense stinging
  • Muscle spasms

If you have been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, and are experiencing chronic pain, consider asking your doctor whether IV ketamine is a treatment option for you. 

Spinal Injury Statistics

  • The prevalence of spinal cord injury in the United States is high (906 per million) compared to other countries
  • Each year, there are 17,700 new spinal injury cases in the US
  • The leading cause of spinal cord injuries (39.3% of new cases) is vehicle crashes, followed by slips or falls (31.8% of new cases)
  • Approximately 291,000 people are living with  a spinal cord injury in the United States

 

Signs & Symptoms of Spinal Injury

Following an accident, it’s possible that a sufferer might not be aware of a spinal cord injury. However, there are several warning signs of SCI’s: 

Contact a medical provider immediately if you experience the following symptoms after a car accident, slip, fall, violent encounter, or other trauma: 

  • Extreme pressure to the back, neck, or head
  • Uncompromising aching or stinging to the back, neck, or head
  • Loss of range of motion or motor function
  • Loss of coordination or difficulty balancing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of sensation such as numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Inability to control bladder

When incurred, spinal cord injuries often manifest differently in different people. It’s possible to experience just one, or several symptoms of the symptoms listed above after an accident. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and believe you might have a spinal cord injury, contact a medical professional immediately. 

How Does Ketamine Therapy for Spinal Injury Feel?

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we administer low levels of ketamine in a controlled environment.

 

Ketamine can be used an anesthetic during surgery. However, the dosage we use during therapy is much lower. Patients do not lose consciousness or experience hallucinations during their sessions.

 

At such a low dosage, ketamine’s side effects will be very mild. When the drug is abused, individuals could experience a “trip” and hallucinate. However, at Neuro Wellness Spa we use FDA-approved doses and closely monitor our patients to make sure they are comfortable and relaxed.

What can I Expect During IV Ketamine Spinal Injury Treatment?

When you are first admitted into a ketamine treatment center,

A physician will begin by reviewing your medical records and consulting with you about your depression. There will also be a physical examination.

A person should be in good health to receive a Ketamine infusion.

However, there are almost no conditions which would prevent a person from being able to receive the treatments. If a patient has high blood pressure or a heart condition, this may need to be rectified before treatment can proceed.

Patients will be asked some important questions.

Such as height, weight, age, medical history and more as part of your treatment assessment. This information helps the physicians and medical staff to prepare your treatment plan. It is important to disclose all information that is requested to ensure a smooth treatment administration.

Ketamine infusions are typically administered on an outpatient basis.

The medication is administered through an IV, and the session lasts between 40-50 minutes.

The environment you encounter during your treatment can have a large impact on your experience of the infusion.

Although it does not affect the treatment outcome, some patients do struggle with anxiety or fright as the drug takes effect. Your physician may lower the lights or take other measures to make the setting more comfortable. You might also choose some relaxing music to help you through the onset phase.

The medication will then be administered through an IV.

Usually inserted into the arm, wrist, or hand. Little pain is involved because the needle is injected very near the surface of the skin. As the ketamine is delivered at the correct dosage, your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation are all monitored.

You will feel the effects of the ketamine very quickly.

Although you remain aware of the immediate surroundings, you will be unable to do basic things like stand up or hold a normal conversation.

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During the first treatment and perhaps subsequent treatments, patients may experience dizziness, nausea, confusion, loss of appetite, sleeping problems, and even fatigue.

It can be difficult to stand or sit up during or after treatment. If you are receiving outpatient infusion therapy, it is important to have someone accompany you to transport you home after your treatment. A complete list of possible side effects will be provided to you prior to your treatment session. If you experience any side effects, let your doctor know right away.

You may also improve your infusion experience by cultivating the right mindset and emotional state before entering treatment.

Although the side effects are not severe, there is no harm in eliminating as many as you can. Learning how the treatment works can go a long way toward overcoming any anxieties you might have. Also, trust that you have chosen a physician with the training and experience to guide you safely through the process. On a final note, be aware that neither the sensation of treatment nor your mental state during the process meaningfully impacts the therapeutic outcome of the treatment. Research suggests that the depression and anxiety relief arise from long-term physical and chemical changes that take place in the brain in response to the ketamine—not the experience or sensation. This means you will still benefit even if you have some apprehension about the process.

Contact Neuro Wellness Spa

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we have successfully treated many patients with IV ketamine therapy. If you are suffering from chronic pain as a result of a spinal injury, ketamine infusions may help relieve your pain and increase your rate of recovery.

Don’t suffer in silence. Choose relief today.

Contact NWS by giving us a call (1-877-847-3984), by requesting more information on our website or by visiting us at one of our three locations in Southern California. We look forward to helping you develop a personalized plan for symptom relief today.

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