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Injection therapies are a growing treatment choice for patients suffering from pain, illness, and for nutritional support. Injecting health-promoting substances into the body bypasses the gastrointestinal tract, which provides a direct route to the blood stream and damaged or inflamed tissues. There are many different types and uses for injection therapies, and they are generally administered either intravenously or by targeting the musculoskeletal system.
Musculoskeletal Injections: Intramuscular, Trigger Point, and Prolotherapy
Injections can be used to treat a specific area of the body, or provide a non-oral route to administer medicine. Prolotherapy is often used instead of cortisone shots to treat painful joints, ligaments, and tendons. Instead of suppressing pain and inflammation, prolotherapy regenerates the tissues. This leads to increased function and decreased pain. Trigger point injections are used for tight muscles to help them release and receive adequate blood flow. Intramuscular injections are also used to administer vitamins or medicines, bypassing the digestive tract and delivering it straight into the body. These treatments can be used for:
Intravenous (IV) injections administer nutrients and medicine directly into the blood stream to be used by your body’s cells. This allows therapeutic doses to be delivered without requiring your digestive tract to break down and assimilate it all. This is especially useful for patients who need high-dose nutritional support or who suffer from poor digestion. Treatments can take from twenty minutes to over an hour, and this time is spent comfortably reclining in the IV room. IV treatments are being used for:
At your first visit, your naturopathic physician will conduct a thorough medical intake, perform physical exams, and if needed order labs or imaging. Based on your overall health and treatment goals, injection therapies may be offered as a means for you to feel better. Staying true to naturopathic principles, you will be given treatment options, dietary education, and lifestyle coaching to create health from the inside out.
Injection therapies are one of many tools your naturopathic physician at SCNM can employ to get you to a true state of health.