It can be infuriating when you’re told no one can help with chronic pain, especially when it interferes with your quality of life. Many people with such pain find their saving grace in Steve Best, MD. He specializes in numerous diagnostic brain imaging methods to identify issues that contribute to your pain, and from there he determines the best treatment approach. His patented combination ketamine infusion and brain stimulation treatment may finally alleviate the pain you thought was permanent. Renew your hope by calling or booking an appointment online at The Neuroscience Center in Deerfield, Illinois.

Pain Q & A

The Neuroscience Center

What is neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain typically occurs as a shooting or burning pain that comes and goes. Nerve damage or other disruptions to the nervous system cause the intermittent pain. Phantom limb syndrome is an example of neuropathic pain when the body sends pain signals to an amputated limb.

Neuropathic pain can be brought on by a variety of factors, including:

  • Alcoholism
  • Diabetes
  • Chemotherapy
  • Herniated disc
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Thyroid problems

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain is ongoing pain that affects your day-to-day life. Chronic pain accompanies many medical conditions or appears as the result of an injury. Additional causes of chronic pain include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Prolonged poor posture
  • Repetitive motion injury
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Spine degeneration

I’ve been told my pain is untreatable. Can you help?

Dr. Best sees many patients who other doctors believed to be “treatment resistant,” and he’s sensitive to how unhelpful statements like that can be. He investigates the cause of your treatment resistance. He has found that pain is often the result of weak connections between different parts of the brain.

Dr. Best takes a multifaceted approach to treatment, incorporating physical therapies, lifestyle changes, and medication, to bring you relief. If the cause of your pain is a specific underlying condition, such as diabetes, Dr. Best can help you manage your condition effectively.

Anticonvulsant, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory medications are the first line of treatment for neuropathic pain. Electrical brain stimulation is beneficial for many people as well.

How are brain stimulation and ketamine treatments used to treat pain?

If other treatments are ineffective, The Neuroscience Center offers their own specialized brain stimulation treatment for pain with superb results. By combining transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) with ketamine infusions, Dr. Best can provide more effective pain relief.

TMS and tDCS are two noninvasive methods that use electromagnetic attachments to deliver painless impulses to the parts of the brain that control mood and pain. Doing so helps activate underactive brain regions.

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug that shows promise for pain relief, and it bolsters the effects of the electromagnetic stimulation.

If you’re ready to reclaim a pain-free life, contact Dr. Best online or by phone to learn more about what he can do for you.



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