In recent years, IV therapy has gained popularity as the new fix for all types of health issues from hangovers to chronic illnesses. It’s not just being offered as a traditional medical treatment either, because now there are spa-like facilities run by doctors and RNs that offer IV therapy too.
The big question for anyone suffering from a chronic condition is, will IV therapy help ease the pain? People suffering from arthritis, muscle pain, bone pain and joint pain have claimed IV therapy has improved their symptoms.
Replenishing the body’s building blocks
Of course, there are plenty of medical professionals who swear by IV therapy. According to an article in US News & World Report, “It works because if you look at vitamins and minerals, along with hormones and other chemicals in the body, these are the body’s building blocks; they’re our body’s natural pharmacy, and they’re used in numerous physiological pathways.” The idea is that over time, those pathways get taxed, and IV therapy works to replenish those deficiencies.
How it works
The IV treatment itself is pretty simple. IV stand for intravenous, so that means an IV will be started in a vein in your arm (or leg), and a bag of saline mixed with medication or vitamins will slowly enter your body through your bloodstream. This method bypasses the intestines for maximum absorption in the body.
What it treats
According to Pain Medicine Consultants in California, IV therapy treats “persons with neuropathic pain that is not well controlled with injections, nerve blocks, or prescription pain medication. Persons with chronic back and neck pain no longer responsive to any form of treatment.”
What’s in the IV “cocktail”?
The solution in your IV varies depending on your condition. IV therapy can be as simple as a mixture of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It can be more targeted with specific ingredients. For example, glutathione is a popular IV therapy ingredient, because it’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance.
According to Health and Vitality Center, “glutathione is an extremely effective antioxidant comprised of three essential amino acids that attack free radicals. Glutathione treatment plays a major role in helping your liver detoxify harmful chemicals by binding to the toxins and safely eliminating them.”
The other popular drug used in IV therapy for pain is Ketamine, an FDA-approved anesthetic. While Ketamine has been used in hospitals for years, it has recently seen a surge in popularity in IV therapy because of its effectiveness to treat chronic conditions when used in low doses.
Be smart about it
If you’re considering IV therapy to treat your pain, talk to your medical professional to see if you’re a good candidate for it. Some underlying medical conditions may prevent it from being an ideal option for you. If you move ahead, do some research to find a reputable provider who employs physicians and RNs. You definitely want a registered nurse to administer your IV.
Have you tried the “pain drain” to manage your back pain? Do you recommend IV therapy for people with chronic pain? Let us know in the comments section!