This specific type of arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis and autoimmune disease in our nation. It’s thought that over 27 million Americans are living with Osteoarthritis (OA). This degenerative condition attacks the joints of the body and causes inflammation, which then leads to debilitating symptoms of chronic pain. Here at Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services, we offer alternatives to traditional medications for chronic pain patients, including those living with OA. One of these effective alternative treatments includes ketamine infusion therapy, which has already provided relief for many OA patients.

Osteoarthritis can develop due to a number of factors including obesity, aging, genetics, and injury. However, it can develop in individuals of any age or race. Basically, when a person has OA, protective tissue surrounding the joints (cartilage) breaks down and causes irritation. And, no longer protects the joints; leaving them exposed to inflammation and further injury.

Osteoarthritis Treatment

There are a few traditional techniques to relieve OA patients of chronic pain resulting from this condition. The causes of OA can help to identify the best treatment. For example, if OA is a result of obesity, losing weight can help to reduce symptoms. Or, if OA is the result of an injury, surgery may help to address how the injury impacts the joints to provide further relief. After the cause of OA is known, treatments may be made available including physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and relaxation techniques. For those who do not find relief from traditional practices to treat OA, alternative therapies may be helpful. One of those alternative therapies may include ketamine infusion therapy.

Using Ketamine Infusion Therapy to Address Chronic Pain from OA

Patients diagnosed with OA who haven’t experienced relief from chronic pain symptoms with other treatments may be good candidates for ketamine infusion therapy. Ketamine works to block neurotransmitter receptors that send pain signals to the brain. When this happens, individuals may not experience the severity or frequency of chronic pain they once were.

Do you or a loved one have OA and are not getting the relief to live a life of wellbeing from traditional treatments? Ketamine infusion therapy may be the relief you seek. Contact Diablo Valley Drug & Alcohol Services today by calling (925) 289-1430.

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