Chronic pain is a very common medical issue that affects about three million adults in the United States. For disabling chronic pain, see Rick Pescatore, DO, FAAEM, and Joseph Cesarine, MD, at Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies for relief using an array of cutting-edge interventions, including sub-anesthetic ketamine, trigger point injections, nerve blocks, and other tailored innovative regimens. Located in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, the pain management specialists offer personalized solutions to chronic pain so you can get your life back. Call or click to schedule a consultation today.
Acute pain is the result of a specific injury or trauma and typically lasts less than 12 weeks. Mild causes of acute pain, such as a muscle strain, might last for a week while other acute injuries, like fractures, may take several weeks or months to heal.
Chronic pain is usually diagnosed when your pain lasts for more than 12 weeks. This may be due to an acute injury that hasn’t healed properly or other issues, including:
The team treats all types of chronic pain with reliable, evidence-based methods in order to help you recover and function better. All treatments avoid the use of addictive opioids for safety and peace of mind.
Current research argues that chronic pain is generally the result of nerve damage. Your nerves are responsible for sending signals about pain, temperature, pressure, and tissue damage to your brain and your brain responds by producing pain signals. These pain signals may trigger muscles contractions to move the painful body part away from a painful stimulus, such as a hot stove, or instigate other sympathetic responses, such as increasing your heart rate, breathing, or blood pressure.
With chronic pain, the normal function of nerve signaling is disrupted, either in the nerves or in your brain. This can cause your body to feel pain constantly or you may feel pain from non-painful stimuli, such as someone pressing on your arm lightly.
Some types of chronic pain are also tied to chronic inflammation, which triggers an immune response to attack the body where the inflammation is present. This is beneficial for repairing injuries, but if the immune response malfunctions, too many inflammatory chemicals may be produced, leading to constant damage to your tissues rather than normal repair functions. This is one reason why acute injuries can become chronic if left untreated.
Yes, studies have shown that ketamine — an analgesic drug used frequently in emergency rooms for severe pain — can also reduce chronic pain. Ketamine blocks certain pain receptors in your brain and spinal cord, preventing your brain from recognizing pain signals from your nerves and sending pain signals throughout your body. Ketamine also works very quickly, often within 30 minutes to eliminate pain by up to 69%.
If you've tried everything for your chronic pain without success, ketamine may be beneficial for you. To determine if you’re a candidate for ketamine therapy, the team performs a thorough consultation and exam before performing any treatment.
Find out if ketamine can help with your chronic pain by scheduling a visit at Mullica Hill Advanced Therapies online or by phone now.