In an exciting development, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine published the first set of guidelines for the use of ketamine for treating pain—a framework for doctors and institutions, who should get it, and who should not. Ketamine infusions have emerged as a leading option for the treatment of both chronic and acute pain. Some chronic pain patients report a reduction in pain symptoms for up to six months post-infusion. The World Health Organization lists ketamine as an essential medicine, primarily for its analgesic qualities.

One of the biggest draws for using ketamine as a painkiller—especially in emergency situations—is that it significantly reduces the need to administer and prescribe opiate painkillers. In a world where opiate abuse and addiction is infiltrating families in every corner of the country, it is absolutely necessary to find effective non-narcotic options. Contrary to popular belief, ketamine is not a physically addictive substance.

Another reason why ketamine is an attractive painkiller is because it is not only powerful, but also affordable.

The guidelines published in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine were approved by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Patients who live with chronic pain are often unable to perform the simple tasks that so many of us take for granted: enjoying an afternoon walk, doing yard work, engaging in active hobbies, etc. There are so few options for treating the pain associated with such conditions as CRPS, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, and Lyme disease, etc. Ketamine infusions are an effective option that grant these patients reprieve from their pain symptoms and enable them to enjoy their lives again.


Vitalitas Denver has performed thousands of ketamine infusions for the treatment of chronic pain and psychiatric conditions—we’ve seen how the treatments work miracles in the lives of so many patients. If you are struggling with chronic pain, ketamine could be the solution you’re looking for. Find out if you’re a candidate, and how we can help get you on the path towards health and healing.

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