Ketamine and Chronic Pain

If  you are one of the more than 20% of Americans suffering from chronic pain, you know all too well that the typical pain management routes often fall short. Physical therapy, opioids, and rest are often incapable of addressing chronic pain–the type that is always there, even on good days, in the background, affecting your life. This is the kind of pain that keeps you from doing the things you love to do, from traveling, from being as active as you’d like to be, from hitting your PR, from making that last run on the slopes, from playing with your kids. Fortunately, Ketamine may be able to help you get back to living fully.

We’ve talked a lot about Ketamine as a resource for those battling anxiety and depression, but that is just one of its applications!


Ketamine can help relieve many kinds of chronic pain. The following list is not exhaustive, but merely the most common types of pain improved with Ketamine therapy.

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Cancer Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Fybromyalgia
  • Injury
  • Migraines
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Phantom Pain
  • Post-Operative Pain


Ketamine, when administered intravenously and carefully monitored by a medical professional (like the Lakeside Medspa team), eases pain by reducing brain signals associated with inflammation. It blocks specific pain receptors in the brain and resets nerve cells on the spine and in the brain. When used for pain management, ketamine is used in much lower doses than for anesthetic purposes. Depending on your condition, the infusion process may take as little as 45 minutes or as long as a few hours. 


During your Ketamine infusion session, we will make you comfortable in our cozy infusion room in one of our lounge chairs. Most choose to recline and close their eyes. Besides relaxation and drowsiness, side effects from the low dose of Ketamine required for pain management are rare and mild when they do show up. You may experience tingling or have the sensation that you’re floating. Some have reported headaches, nausea, and mild hallucinations. For this reason, you will need a ride home after your infusion session.


80% see great improvement within hours of their first session. However, the speed and longevity of your results depend on the severity of your pain, your body composition, and your medical history. Generally, a series of 6 sessions with maintenance sessions as needed is prescribed. For optimal and sustained relief, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan.


Ketamine is changing the lives of those battling anxiety and depression, and it could transform your chronic pain! The improvement of chronic pain is yet another reason we are so passionate about providing Ketamine Infusion therapy at Lakeside Medspa. We are here to help you look and FEEL you best, to reach your goals, and to live both long and fully. If you think Ketamine could help you overcome your chronic pain, contact us today to set up a free consultation!

xoxo Rachel and Ryan

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