The Role that B12 Injections Can Play in Your Peripheral Neuropathy

The Role that B12 Injections Can Play in Your Peripheral Neuropathy

You have nerve damage that’s causing more than a little bit of trouble. Whether it’s a matter of pain, discomfort, or loss of function, we can restore peripheral nerve health with B12 injections. Here’s a look

Perhaps you’re dealing with shooting pain in your foot or experiencing numbness and tingling in your hands. Or, maybe you’ve developed muscle weakness because of nerve damage. These issues fall under peripheral neuropathy; many can be improved with B12 injections.

At Spine & Orthopedic Center, Dr. Rajiv Sood’s goal isn’t just to treat your symptoms but to find ways to address the underlying problem in a way that delivers long-term results. Regarding peripheral neuropathy, B12 injections can accomplish just that, giving you a solution that solves, rather than masks, the problem.

What’s driving the nerve damage

Peripheral neuropathy can develop for various reasons, but type 2 diabetes leads the charge. This disease affects more than 11% of the population in the United States, and nearly half of this large number will develop peripheral neuropathy. 

Outside of diabetes, you can incur nerve damage due to many other conditions, including:

  • Certain infections, such as shingles or Lyme disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Direct trauma to your nerves
  • Cardiovascular disease, namely atherosclerosis (blockages in your blood vessels)
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Certain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy

Also on this list is a vitamin B12 deficiency, which begins to explain why our B12 injections are so successful. Let’s take a closer look.

B12 and your nerve health

You may know that vitamin C is great for your immune system, and vitamin D is good for your bone health. Well, B12 creates DNA and oversees the health of your blood and nerve cells. More specifically, B12 keeps the myelin in your body healthy, which is the sheath material that covers your nerves. 

Using B12 injections, we aim to provide your nerves with the primary resources to repair damage and maintain optimal health. These injections go beyond oral supplements, which are broken down in your digestive tract. We deliver the vitamin through ultrasound guidance into the area where your nerves are damaged. This direct delivery ensures that your nerves benefit from the full dose of B12.

To give you an idea about how well B12 works to improve nerve health, one analysis concluded that B12 not only helps to regenerate nerves, it encourages recovery of motor and sensory functions and supports remyelination.

If you’d like to move away from spot treatments for your peripheral neuropathy symptoms and toward those that address the nerve damage, you should consider B12 injections.

For more information about treating your nerve damage with minimally invasive B12 injections, please contact our Jonesboro, Georgia, office to schedule a consultation.