Infusion Therapy For Nerve Pain
Infusion therapy is an innovative, non-invasive pain management treatment that has been clinically proven to be successful in treating neuropathic pain. If you’re dealing with nerve pain and looking for a new and efficient way to manage your symptoms, Illinois Pain & Spine Institute invites you to explore our infusion therapies.
Our doctors combine compassion and the most advanced technology for a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all aspects of chronic pain management. For instance, our double board-certified pain physicians create personalized plans with patients and use cutting-edge techniques like ketamine infusion therapy to give people living with debilitating chronic pain new hope.
Ketamine is an effective treatment for chronic neuropathic pain (pain caused by nerve damage or dysfunction). It effectively addresses both physical and psychological causes of nerve pain, providing long-lasting comfort that lasts weeks, months or even years!
Ketamine has long been used as an anesthetic, but it also acts as a powerful pain medication that helps alleviate chronic neuropathic discomfort. Furthermore, ketamine may be prescribed to treat depression in those who have not responded to other treatments.
If nerve pain is interfering with your daily activities and preventing you from enjoying what you love doing, reach out to MPC to book a consultation with one of our board-certified pain physicians to determine if infusion therapy could be the right treatment for you. Our doctors will perform a comprehensive evaluation and review your medical records together in order to identify the most suitable course of action.
Infusion therapy is typically a 4-to-6 hour procedure that involves inserting an IV into your arm. Throughout this time, your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen levels will be monitored; you may feel nauseous, sleepy or dizzy at some point during the process.
To guarantee your safety and comfort during the infusion, a nurse will accompany you. They’ll monitor your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and oxygen level throughout the procedure. At any time during the infusion, if you feel uncomfortable or require assistance such as getting a drink of water, feel free to ask the nurse for assistance.
Lidocaine infusion is a popular way to relieve chronic pain. Not only is it an effective local anesthetic, but lidocaine also blocks pain receptors in the brain and spinal cord.
Results: In a recent study, researchers discovered that lidocaine infusions can provide significant relief of neuropathic pain. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled parallel trial comparing lidocaine infusions (LIT) to normal saline infusions once weekly for 4 consecutive weeks in patients with postherpetic neuralgia or complex regional pain syndrome type II, those in the LIT group reported significantly greater reductions in their NRS pain score after their final infusion compared to those in the control group. Therefore, researchers concluded that lidocaine infusions are an effective and safe treatment option for neuropathic discomfort as well as many other chronic types of chronic discomfort.