How B12 Injections Can Improve Your Nerve Health

How B12 Injections Can Improve Your Nerve Health

If you’re struggling with nerve damage, or neuropathy, controlled vitamin supplementation — namely B12 — can help improve your nerve health. Here’s a look at how our B12 injections work.

Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, can be a painful and difficult problem to deal with, so you want to do everything you can to restore your nerve health. 

To help prevent further damage to your nerves and to relieve your pain and discomfort, the team here at At Spine & Orthopedic Center, led by Dr. Rajiv Sood, offers B12 injections. This vitamin plays no small role in the health of your nerves, and we explore this connection here.

Behind your neuropathy

There are many conditions that can lead to damage tp your peripheral nerves, including:

  • Diabetes — about 50% of people with diabetes will eventually develop neuropathy
  • Direct trauma to your nerves
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alcoholism
  • Infections
  • Vitamin B deficiencies

You’ll note that the last item on our list provides the first clue to the direct link between B12 and neuropathy. When you have a vitamin B deficiency, namely B1, B6, and/or B12, your nerve health can suffer. 

How B vitamins support nerve health

It’s no exaggeration to say that B1, B6, and B12 vitamins are crucial for a healthy nervous system. There are many ways in which these vitamins support your nerve health, including:

  • Acting as antioxidants to protect against damage
  • Strengthening the myelin sheaths that surround your nerves
  • Improving nerve conduction
  • Balancing nerve metabolism
  • Promoting nerve cell survival
  • Encouraging nerve regeneration

As we explored earlier, these vitamins are so vital to your nerve health that a deficiency of B vitamins can lead to nerve damage.

How B12 injections help

Because B vitamins play such an important role in your nerve health, it makes sense that boosting their levels can help with nerve damage and promote healthy function.

To do this, we offer B12 injections, which we deliver directly into your bloodstream so that we can bypass your digestive system, where much of the vitamin can be broken down. In fact, we often inject the B12 directly into the area where your nerves are damaged, ensuring they reach the nerves responsible for your symptoms.

To give you an idea about the success of ultrasound-guided B12 injections, we want to draw your attention to this study, which found that the treatment led to significant nerve regeneration. 

To educate yourself further, here’s another study that was conducted in injured sciatic nerves of rats. During and after treatment, nerve regeneration and function recovery were greatly improved. 

While targeting your nerve damage more directly with our B12 injections is one key advantage, the other is that we deliver the right amount of the vitamin. To illustrate the importance of this point, taking too much B6, for example, can lead to pyridoxine toxicity, which can damage your peripheral nerves.

The bottom line is that our B12 injections are tailored to your unique needs and we deliver them in a way that best supports your nerve health.

If you’d like to explore whether B12 injections can play a role in relieving the pain and discomfort of your neuropathy, please contact our office in Jonesboro, Georgia, to schedule a consultation.