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Infusion Pain Treatment- Q&A
What is infusion pain treatment?
Each patient will be prescribed an individual combination of medications, depending on their diagnosis, individual response, weight, sex, genetic factors. Medication may include the following:
- Lidocaine-alters the nerves responsible for pain
- Ketamine – desensitizes the pain processing system, helps emotional pain and misery, and reboots tolerance to opioid medications
- Dexmedetomidine – blunts the effects of an overstimulated nervous system and provides analgesia, muscle relaxation, and reduces the effects of medication withdrawal and traumatic stress
- Toradol- reduces pain and inflammation
- Robaxin/Norflex – reduces muscle spasm
- Pamidronate – reduces bone pain in CRPS
- N-acetylcysteine and acetyl-L-carnitine – may be useful in many patients to restore nervous system balance, to enhance nerve growth, and to combat the effects of inflammation and aging.
Intravenous analgesics are more effective as they bypass the liver and are metabolized differently.
What conditions are treated by infusion pain treatments?
Infusion therapy uses a number of types of medications and protocols which are available for intractable and difficult-to-treat types of pain arising from the central and peripheral nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and within the organs of the abdomen and pelvis. Treatments are available for chronic pain and acute exacerbations of chronic pain to improve one\’s quality of life and function. Intractable headaches, migraines, and chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) respond well to infusion therapies.
What is the duration and frequency of infusion pain treatment?
Treatment times vary from 45 minutes up to 4 hours for the most severe intractable conditions; however, the majority of patients benefit from a 2-hour treatment. Most patients will arrive at the treatment center on an empty stomach and nap through the treatment. In some cases, depending on the specific type of treatment. patients may elect to stay awake or listen to music. Many patients may benefit from a series of treatments where the dose is carefully adjusted. Treatment frequency may range from a few times a week to weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly, or on an as-needed basis only.
What are the benefits of infusion pain treatment?
With a series of infusion pain treatments, patients have an opportunity to radically change the course of their treatment and undergo changes in medication regimen and/or medication tapering. In addition, adjunctive treatment such as brain stimulation, physical therapies, psychological therapies, and multi-disciplinary treatment programs may be more effective and lead to improved outcomes. Treatments are safe and effective and are based upon up to date clinical research. We have successfully treated hundreds of patients with these types of conditions with intravenous therapies.