Chronic pain impacts up to 20% of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sadly, eight percent of Americans experience high-impact chronic pain. Chronic pain can develop as a result of an injury or an underlying health condition (such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis).
Here at Regenerative Medical Group, we know chronic pain can severely impact your quality of life. Our skilled regenerative medicine specialists consolidated the IV infusion protocols for many indications (including immune boost and kidney support), but we also offer IV infusion therapy as a way to help manage your chronic pain.
Below, we share how IV infusion therapy can be part of your pain management regimen.
What is IV infusion therapy?
As the name suggests, IV infusion therapy is a therapy administered via an intravenous (IV) catheter. IV infusions deliver medications, nutrition, vitamins, and minerals directly into your bloodstream, completely bypassing your digestive system. You are probably familiar with IV infusions in a medical setting, such as a hospital. Whether you receive an IV at the hospital or here at Regenerative Medical Group, the process is the same. A thin catheter is inserted into a vein, and the contents of your infusion flow into your bloodstream. After a quick initial pinch, the process is painless. Many people sit back, relax, and read during their infusion.
How does IV infusion therapy help with chronic pain?
IV infusions are customized to meet your health and wellness needs. We use our Happy and Healthy IV base and then include appropriate additives to help with pain relief. When it comes to chronic pain, there are certain vitamins and minerals that support your body. This includes:
These vitamins are particularly helpful if you have nerve pain. That’s because the B vitamins promote nerve regeneration.
This vitamin is an immune-boosting powerhouse, but it also supports your body when battling chronic pain, according to a 2017 study. Too much cortisol (the stress hormone) can increase pain sensitivity, while vitamin C aids in protecting the body from the damaging effects of cortisol.
Magnesium — which you might recognize as the mineral that helps prevent muscle cramps — also stabilizes nerve excitement, which then helps to decrease sensitivity to pain, according to research. The same article indicates that magnesium is frequently included when treating postoperative pain.
Because IV infusions bypass your digestive system, there is less chance for your infusion to pass through your gut without first being absorbed.
For more information about IV infusion therapy or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced providers, call our conveniently located office in Orange, California. You can also use our online scheduler.