University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Pain Management, PA Education


Laura Witte, PhD, PA-C



Ketamine has recently gained attention as a promising therapy for depression and also has indications for use in the treatment of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), acute pain, perioperative pain, chronic pain, and many other conditions.1 This medication is poorly understood by many clinicians, and some may have a poor association with ketamine based on its association as a drug of abuse. Given the scope of disability that follows the conditions listed above, it is imperative that clinicians gain a better understanding of ketamine as a useful treatment modality. This article offers insight into the therapeutic applications of ketamine that can offer relief of some of the most intractable and debilitating conditions that our society faces.


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