Dr. Botsford administers all injection therapies onsite. Vital signs (blood pressure, etc) are taken before and after every injection. Dr. Botsford selects the ingredients used based on each individual patient. All injected solutions come from a compounding pharmacy. 

B-vitamin injections

B-vitamin injections are small volume injections administered into a muscle (shoulder, hip) to deliver vitamins directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract. 

Different vitamins can be used for different conditions. Vitamin B6, for example, can be used to treat PMS, while vitamin B12 can be used for boosting energy levels. Depending on the patient, these injections can be given over a 4 week course or on an as-needed basis.

Patients with a compromised digestive system (celiac disease, crohn’s, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome) or taking certain medications that lowers vitamin levels can benefit from B-vitamin injections. 

IV therapy

Intravenous injections are larger volume injections that go directly into the bloodstream. IV therapy is recommended for patients who are very depleted in electrolytes, fluid volume or vitamins. Depending on the patients needs, minerals can be used in addition to B-vitamins.

Vitamin C is a common ingredient in an intravenous injection. High dose Vitamin C can help with immune conditions such as frequent colds and flus, allergies, eczema and more. Vitamin C can also be used as an adjunctive cancer care treatment, meaning we use it in addition to the chemotherapy, radiation or surgery, if recommended by the patient’s oncologist. 

Patients with compromised digestive function can benefit from IV therapy as the large volume of vitamins is delivered directly into the bloodstream. 

Prolotherapy and Prolozone

Prolotherapy is a regenerative injection technique. Using a solution containing anesthetic, dextrose, B12 and other ingredients, we stimulate repair in a joint, tendon, ligament or muscle. 

The solution stimulates collagen repair and can help with osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis). Patients with concerns such as rotator cuff shoulder injuries, recurring ankle strains or sprains, lower back pain and/or degenerative disc disease can benefit from Prolotherapy. Prolozone is a gas that is used as a stronger stimulant for repair, usually in combination with Prolotherapy. It’s commonly used in joints like knees, hips and the lower back. 

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Dr. Briana Botsford, Naturopathic Doctor Edmonton