Refractory To Treatment

Refractory To Treatment
It can be disheartening when the medical treatment you receive facilitates no improvement or when a doctor says your condition isn’t treatable. Steve Best, MD, offers hope at The Neuroscience Center. Just when you thought you were out of options, Dr. Best evaluates your condition and provides targeted treatment regardless of past treatment failure. Make an appointment online or by phone at the Deerfield, Illinois, clinic to discuss treatment for chronic depression or pain.

Refractory to Treatment Q & A

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What does it mean if a condition is refractory?

A refractory condition is a treatment-resistant condition. A condition is treatment-resistant when you’ve tried conventional medications and therapies, and none of them have worked. Potential causes of treatment-resistant conditions include:

  • Genes that make your condition harder to treat
  • Medication that hasn’t had time to kick in
  • Failure to take medication correctly
  • Unwillingness to find the right medication by trial and error
  • Lack of adherence to helpful lifestyle adjustments
  • Underlying health issues like thyroid disorder or substance abuse
  • Incorrect diagnosis

What is a refractory treatment?

Refractory treatments are designed for patients with treatment-resistant health problems.

Dr. Best provides relief to many people for whom other traditional methods have failed. He specializes in diagnosing why your condition is treatment resistant.

Dr. Best starts with a full medical history and does a brain SPECT scan to see if your brain is functioning as it should. He may also perform other tests and analyses to learn more about your condition.

Once he diagnoses the cause of your condition, Dr. Best uses a variety of treatment approaches based on your individual needs. Some of his most successful treatments include brain stimulation, ketamine infusions, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and perispinal etanercept injections. Often, Dr. Best aims to neutralize inflammation or modify the nervous system through treatment.

His patented combination ketamine and brain stimulation treatments have an 85% success rate for treatment-resistant patients. For others, the hyperbaric chamber and etanercept injections accelerate the healing process, lower inflammation levels, and revive dormant brainwaves.

What refractory conditions can you treat?

Dr. Best has had great success treating people with mood disorders and chronic pain, regardless of their past treatment-resistant classification. He has also seen a positive response for people with:

  • Depression
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Substance abuse
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • PTSD

Dr. Best can help people who haven’t found relief with other neurological or psychiatric conditions as well. Call The Neuroscience Center today to discuss your options.

You’re probably here because you’re the type of person that doesn’t give up. Many people have restored their lives at the clinic, so you’re in the right hands.



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