Chronic pain is described as persistent pain that carries on beyond the healing period of an injury or illness, or pain that continues for longer than 12 weeks. Sometimes the pain can last for months or even years. Living with such kind of pain can be really debilitating and can quickly deteriorate a person’s quality of life. It may also negatively affect their relationship with friends and family.
Primary Types of Chronic Pain
Here’s a list of the main types of chronic pain.
- Nociceptive Pain. Nociceptive pain is a type of chronic pain that is detected in either the body’s organs or soft tissues, such as skin and muscles, by nociceptors.
- Somatic Pain. Somatic pain is pain detected in the skin, muscles, and soft tissues by sensory nerves. It is a type of nociceptive pain.
- Visceral pain. Visceral pain is another type of nociceptive pain. It is detected in the internal organs by nociceptors.
- Neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain that is caused by nerve disturbances, as well as spontaneous pain signal transmission to the brain and spinal cord.
Other types of chronic pain include psychogenic pain and idiopathic pain.
Effects of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can cause certain physiological changes that may lead to chronic stress reaction causing an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as increased risk of developing heart diseases. This can also lead to adverse health effects, such as the body’s decreased ability to ward off diseases and illnesses.
Some of the most common physical effects include:
- Limited mobility
- Tense muscles
- Change in appetite
- Lack of energy
Chronic pain is so debilitating that it can also affect people on an emotional level. Some of its psychological effects are:
- Fear of getting injured again
Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Treating Chronic Pain
There are several pain management treatments available for treating chronic pain. Unfortunately, not all of them work. When conventional treatments don’t work, people turn to ketamine infusion therapy.
Ketamine can inhibit the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptor. It also has anti-inflammatory effects.
When ketamine is administered in small doses by medical professionals, it can produce a strong analgesic effect that can dull neuropathic pain as evidenced by existing researches. More studies show that the effects of prolonged infusion can potentially give pain relief to patients for up to three months.
At Ketamine Infusion Centers, we provide effective chronic pain care treatments in a safe clinical environment in Phoenix. Our goal is to give our patients the chance to claim back their lives and live a life free from pain. Give us a call today to start your journey to a pain-free life.