Discover a new frontier in the treatment of mental health disorders and chronic pain at Desert Sands Ketamine – St George News

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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Offering proven success and lasting results, ketamine represents hope and healing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and more.

To Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center in St. George, Dr. Eric Evans is exploring the new frontier of using ketamine infusion therapy to treat mental health disorders as well as chronic pain.

“A drug that can reduce your pain and improve your mood can be life changing,” he said. “We love helping people become more functional and feel like themselves again.”

Recognized as the The Best of Southern Utah, Desert Sands Ketamine won Silver in the Behavioral and Mental Health Treatments category for 2022 and Gold in Alternative Therapies last year. There is a huge need in the community, Evans said, and he is committed to helping as many people as possible.

Mental disorders

Evans said many patients come to Desert Sands Ketamine after trying several medications and forms of therapy to manage their mental health with little or no success. For these patients, ketamine offers hope when other treatments have failed. It’s because it works differently.

Interior of Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center, St. George News

Rather than raising serotonin or dopamine levels like prescription antidepressants, ketamine targets the brain’s glutamate system and stimulates a chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which plays a critical role in stability. mood. Evans pointed to a Yale University research study of patients with treatment-resistant depression that demonstrated a 70% success rate, nearly double that of antidepressants.

“With ketamine, people can wake up in the morning and joy is a possibility for them again,” he said.

Chronic pain

While ketamine has received a lot of attention in recent years as a breakthrough mental health treatment, Evans said the medical world is only just discovering how beneficial it can be for painful conditions. Ketamine is a very effective analgesic and dissociative anesthetic. When given in therapeutic doses by IV infusion, pain relief begins almost immediately. Remission for up to a year is possible in some cases.

Desert Sands Ketamine treats patients with complex regional pain syndrome, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetic nerve pain, among other conditions. For these people, ketamine allows them to participate more comfortably in daily life while regulating the emotional imbalances that often accompany chronic pain.

“Treatment of their mood disorder was an important part of helping them get their pain under control,” Evans said. “Ketamine has been amazing in helping people with both issues.”

Better results with fewer side effects

Although there are many prescription antidepressants on the market, most of them come with a host of nasty side effects such as erectile dysfunction, nausea, insomnia, and weight gain. Another common complaint among people taking antidepressants is that while the drug takes away their emotional lows, it often takes away the highs as well. Evans said the “numb” state is not a problem with ketamine.

“He leaves those things intact and yet addresses people’s mental health issues in a unique and new way,” he added. “Ketamine has been nothing short of miraculous for many people in our clinic.”

Ketamine is also a much safer alternative to frequently prescribed opioids for chronic pain, Evans said. It is non-addictive and well tolerated at low doses by the vast majority of patients.

Dr. Eric Evans and Shannon Evans, owners of Desert Sands Medical Clinics, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

Learn more about ketamine

Desert Sands Ketamine offers a comfortable, spa-like healing environment with compassionate staff who are dedicated to helping patients achieve the best possible results. Every patient’s experience begins with a free consultation to discuss their issues and determine if ketamine is right for them. The clinic also provides patients with resources to improve all aspects of their well-being, including dietary counseling, meditation, massage therapy, relationship counseling and talk therapy.

Unlike many ketamine treatment providers, Desert Sands Ketamine is a physician-led practice. And because people often take multiple medications to manage their pain and mood disorders, Evans personally meets with each patient to review their medical history and underlying health conditions. Infusions are tailored to each patient’s individual needs for optimal results.

“Each person has a unique story and set of issues they face,” he said. “We try to use a comprehensive approach for each patient.”

For more information or to schedule a free consultation, visit Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center website or call 435-522-5190.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.

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