Old Drug, New Tricks: Ketamine’s New Role in Chronic Pain Management

Ketamine has been around since the 60s. A popular battlefield anesthetic used liberally in the Vietnam war, ketamine has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years, emerging as a powerful treatment for depression, anxiety, psychiatric disorders, and various chronic pain conditions.

Managing chronic pain has become an increasingly difficult task. Opioids are prescribed liberally, and for a wide range of acute and chronic pain conditions. Patients suffering from CRPS, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and other chronic pain conditions, however, require a long-term pain management program, thus putting them at risk for developing an opioid dependence. With opiate overdoses resulting in more than 66,000 deaths in 2017—more than the amount of deaths caused by breast cancer—doctors and patients alike need a safe and effective pain management solution more than ever.

Because of the negative stigma associated with ketamine and its use as a “party drug,” there is a bit of controversy surrounding ketamine to treat chronic pain. But, contrary to popular belief, ketamine is not physically addictive. In fact, it is a highly effective pain management option for both acute and chronic pain, and an excellent, non-narcotic alternative to opiate-based pain medications.

National Pain Report recently held a Q&A session with Dr. Adam C. Young of Rush University Medical Center. An advocate for the use of ketamine for chronic pain management, Young explains that ketamine is a viable alternative to opiates, and one that can even allow patients to wean—or completely stop—oral pain medications, while also improving their emotional state.

Our ketamine clinics treat patients in Denver, as well as in the Boulder and Fort Collins areas, for many chronic pain conditions. We’ve seen ketamine improve the lives of individuals suffering from unimaginable pain, enabling them to enjoy richer, more fulfilling lives. One of the greatest benefits of using ketamine to treat chronic pain is that, not only does it dull the psychical manifestation of pain, but it also addresses the mental and emotional impact that chronic pain so often causes.


Vitalitas has ketamine clinic locations in the Greater Denver area, as well as in the Boulder and Fort Collins areas, making ketamine treatments more accessible to more people in Colorado. Our prices are the lowest in the country, and our state-of-the-art facilities and highly trained clinical staff are focused on providing each and every patient with a comfortable and positive infusion experience. If you or a loved one is suffering from a chronic pain condition or psychiatric disorder, ketamine may be the solution you’ve been hoping for. 

Schedule a free consultation. Simply complete the brief form below and we’ll contact you to schedule a consultation with an experienced anesthesiologist on our team. We’ll answer your questions and help determine whether ketamine is a viable option for you or your loved one.

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