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.
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 SCNM, you’ll work under naturopathic doctors who specialize in injection therapy to learn this cutting-edge technique and provide patients with immediate pain relief. Many students also have the opportunity to train under physicians in our one-of-a-kind Pain Relief Center while learning the skills necessary for success in pain management.