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Chronic Pain Specialist

Ascend Wellness MBS

Ketamine Infusion Therapy & Anesthesiology located in Minot, ND

Chronic pain is unrelenting in the way it robs you of life's pleasures. If your chronic pain condition isn't improving with other treatments, Melinda Howe, APRN, CRNA, at Ascend Wellness MBS in Minot, North Dakota, can help. Melinda uses ketamine infusion therapy to help patients with conditions like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and neuropathy get relief from their pain. To find out how you can receive treatment at Ascend Wellness MBS, call their office or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Pain Q&A

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain simply means pain that persists for more than three months. You feel acute pain when you suffer an injury, a vital warning that there's tissue damage that needs attention. As the wound heals, pain fades away as it no longer serves a purpose.

Chronic pain can develop if you have tissue damage that doesn't heal properly — a badly set fracture or cartilage tears that can't repair themselves, for example. There are also many long-term conditions that cause chronic pain, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Postsurgical pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Cancer
  • Migraines and other chronic headaches
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Neuralgia is nerve pain. Chronic pain often comes from damaged or dysfunctional nerves. Idiopathic pain is a term doctors use when there's no identifiable reason for your condition, but it doesn’t make the pain any less valid.

How is chronic pain treated?

Treating chronic pain begins with addressing the root cause when possible. That might mean resetting a fracture, removing excess scar tissue, or minimizing triggers for incurable conditions like arthritis. Therapies that may help you manage chronic pain include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Laser therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Psychotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Medications like muscle relaxants, anti-seizure medicines, and low-dose antidepressants can also help with chronic pain. Prescription pain medication might be necessary in some cases, but where possible, doctors avoid opioid painkillers because they can lead to addiction and substance abuse.

If your condition doesn't improve, you could undergo surgery to implant a spinal cord stimulator, peripheral nerve stimulator, or a pain pump. Alternatively, you could benefit from a course of ketamine infusion therapy at Ascend Wellness MBS.

How does ketamine infusion therapy help with chronic pain?

Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that also has FDA approval for treating chronic treatment-resistant pain. Ascend Wellness MBS administers your ketamine through an intravenous (IV) line in an arm vein, so the medication goes directly into your bloodstream for optimal effectiveness.

Ketamine can offer genuine hope to patients with chronic pain when nothing else is working, and it’s an effective approach for CRPS and other conditions where there are few useful alternatives. 

Ascend Wellness MBS works with your primary care provider and specialist physicians to ensure that you receive the comprehensive treatment you need for chronic pain.

To find out more about ketamine for chronic pain, call Ascend Wellness MBS today and schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.