Phantom Limb Treatment in Helena, MT
KETAMINE INFUSION THERAPY
Fast & Efficient Phantom Limb Syndrome Treatment in Helena, MT
Phantom limb syndrome (PLS), also known as phantom limb pain, is a chronic condition that causes people to experience pain and other uncomfortable sensations in a limb that has been amputated.
PLS is a relatively common condition, affecting an estimated 6 in 10 amputees, according to a study published by the National Library of Medicine. Phantom pain can also affect other body parts and organs, such as a missing ear, breast, or appendix.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for phantom limb pain, and most traditional treatments, such as pain medication, only offer temporary relief, if any.
There is Hope, We Can Help!Ketamine infusion therapy offers a promising new way of managing phantom limb pain. According to one study, ketamine infusion therapy was shown to provide complete remission from treatment-resistant phantom limb pain.
Ketamine works fast and can provide longer-lasting relief from phantom limb pain and a variety of other chronic neuropathic conditions.
If you or a loved one are struggling with phantom limb pain, please don’t hesitate to contact Luvita today to learn more about the best new chronic pain treatment in Helena, MT.
Why Do People Develop Phantom Limb Syndrome?
Phantom Limb Syndrome is thought to be caused by changes in the nervous system following amputation. It is believed that these changes result in the brain incorrectly perceiving pain signals from the missing limb. PLS symptoms can range from mild discomfort to excruciating pain that interferes with your day-to-day life.
Symptoms of Phantom Limb Syndrome
The main symptom of phantom limb syndrome is pain (or other uncomfortable sensations) that feels like it is coming from the missing limb. This pain can be constant or intermittent and can vary in intensity.
Other symptoms may include tingling, cramping, burning, or pins and needles sensations. In some cases, people with PLS may experience phantom limb movement, a vivid feeling of movement in the missing limb.
How Does Ketamine Help With Phantom Limb Pain?
Ketamine is a medication that has been used for decades as an anesthetic during invasive procedures. More recently, it has also proven to be an effective treatment for chronic pain conditions – including phantom limb pain.
It is believed that the leading cause of chronic pain is due to overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps CRPS by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of chronic pain symptoms.
By connecting to those receptors, ketamine also triggers a cascade of events that can help repair damaged nerve cells in the brain and improve the way they communicate with each other — essentially allowing the brain to reset and restore healthy nerve connections. This reverses central sensitization and increases pain tolerance.
The Ketamine Infusion Experience
During treatment, we go above and beyond to ensure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders, while chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia require a larger dose and can take up to several hours to complete.
A number of our patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this disassociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.
These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.
What Are The Side Effects of Ketamine Treatment?
Ketamine is generally well tolerated by patients, and most people do not experience any significant side effects. However, as with any other medication, there are some potential side effects. They include a dream-like feeling, dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea. These side effects are mostly mild and usually resolve within a few hours after treatment.
Can Ketamine Help Heal You?
Have you tried and exhausted other treatment options for phantom limb pain only to be left in constant discomfort? Are you ready to start living life on your terms again?
If you or someone you may know is dealing with a chronic pain condition, contact Luvita today at (406) 213-7862 to learn more about ketamine infusions for fast and effective phantom limb pain treatment in Helena, MT.