Chronic Pain Specialist

West Michigan Ketamine Clinics

Mental Health clinic and Ketamine Clinic located in Grand Rapids, MI

Chronic pain is a miserable experience, causing perpetual discomfort over months and years. At West Michigan Ketamine Clinics in Wyoming, Michigan, Nicholas Kolascz, CRNA, and the experienced team provides specialized ketamine infusion treatments that can help relieve the symptoms of chronic pain and improve your mobility and mood. Even when other treatments aren’t working, ketamine therapy could help. Call West Michigan Ketamine Clinics or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a term that describes any painful condition that continues for more than a few months. Unlike acute pain, which is what you feel when you injure yourself, chronic pain persists and doesn’t get better even when damaged tissues finish healing.

Chronic pain is often neuromusculoskeletal in nature, meaning it comes from your bones, joints, soft tissues, and nerves rather than your organs. Chronic pain conditions tend to fall into two camps. The first is where tissue damage doesn’t heal properly or is ongoing, like a badly set fracture, cancer, or a degenerative condition like arthritis.

The second is neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is discomfort from nerves that are damaged or dysfunctional. In many cases, your body still produces pain signals, even when there’s no tissue damage.

 

What conditions cause chronic pain?

There are many conditions that cause chronic pain. Some of the conditions most often seen at West Michigan Ketamine Clinics include:

  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Pre- and post-surgical pain

 

Chronic pain is a widespread and serious health issue that can severely impact your quality of life and often coexists with mental health problems.

 

How is chronic pain treated?

Chronic pain conditions usually require a combination of treatments such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Stretching exercises
  • Pain-management skills
  • Psychotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Steroid injections

 

Painkilling medications and drugs such as antidepressants, muscle relaxants, antianxiety drugs, and antiseizure medicines can also be helpful as part of a coordinated treatment program.

However, treating chronic pain is challenging and, in some cases, patients don’t improve using these methods. Before considering surgery for chronic pain, there is another option: ketamine.

Ketamine, an anesthetic and painkilling medication, has FDA approval for treating chronic pain conditions. The team at West Michigan Ketamine Clinics administers ketamine through an intravenous line in your arm, so the medication gets to the source of your pain quickly via your bloodstream.

If you’re running out of answers to your chronic pain, call West Michigan Ketamine Clinics or book an appointment online today.