Chronic Pain

Ketamine Care Clinic


Ketamine infusion therapy offers relief from chronic pain without narcotic medications. Board-certified nurse anesthetist Jacqueline Materi, APRN, CRNA, treats chronic pain in teenagers and adults at two convenient Ketamine Care Clinic locations in Fargo and Bismarck, North Dakota. Call the clinic nearest you, or book an appointment online today for a confidential consultation regarding ketamine therapy for chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Q & A

What causes chronic pain?

The compassionate team at Ketamine Care Clinic provides safe, fast-acting, and narcotic-free treatment for many causes of chronic pain. Conditions that may benefit from ketamine therapy include:

  • Migraines
  • Cancer pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Lyme disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Pelvic pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Chronic back and musculoskeletal pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome

Ketamine Care Clinic also uses ketamine infusion therapy to treat complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS/RSD). 

How is chronic pain treated?

Many patients take prescription opioid painkillers (narcotics) to manage their chronic pain. Opioids often cause many adverse side effects, including tolerance and addiction. Over time, you need to take more of the medication to achieve the same effect. Soon, you become dependent on the medication. 

Ketamine offers pain-relieving benefits without the addictive properties of prescription narcotics. 

How does ketamine infusion therapy relieve chronic pain?

Ketamine has been safely used as an anesthetic for adults, children, and infants for decades. Research shows that an IV infusion with a low dose of ketamine provides significant relief in patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain.

Ketamine acts on your brain’s N-Methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, which play a role in controlling your pain response. In addition to blocking pain signals, ketamine promotes healing in those brain cells for long-term relief. 

What should I expect from ketamine infusion therapy for chronic pain?

Your first visit to Ketamine Care Clinic involves a complete evaluation and physical exam. Your provider may work cooperatively with your primary care physician to develop a personalized treatment plan that includes ketamine infusion therapy.

The infusion takes place at the clinic. You recline comfortably in a chair while your provider attaches an IV for the infusion. Your Ketamine Care Clinic provider monitors your safety at all times. Ketamine infusion therapy takes 1-4 hours, depending on your specific treatment plan. You remain awake during this time, but may feel sleepy and should bring someone else to drive you home afterward. 

Side effects of ketamine include dizziness, nausea, and feeling separated from yourself (dissociation). You stay at the clinic until these effects resolve, and you’re steady on your feet. Many people notice relief right away, but you may need several treatments to achieve optimal results. 

Call Ketamine Care Clinic or book an appointment online today to find relief from chronic pain without addictive narcotics.