If you’re dehydrated or experiencing a nutritional deficiency, IV therapy can reduce uncomfortable side effects, restore balance to your body, and encourage healing. At StatMD, urgent care and family medicine specialist Ravinderjit Singh, MD, uses IV therapy to manage various conditions, including hangovers, migraines, and recovery following strenuous physical activity. To make an appointment at the practice in Bakersfield, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
IV therapy is an outpatient procedure that administers vitamins, minerals, or medication intravenously, through a needle and into a vein. Once the nutrients or medicine enters your bloodstream, they bypass your digestive system, allowing for greater uptake by your cells. Your cells use the nutrients or medication to boost your immune system and improve your health.
StatMD uses IV therapy to treat various health problems, including:
You might also benefit from IV therapy if you’re an athlete who participates in strenuous activities like marathons or weightlifting competitions.
Before recommending IV therapy, your StatMD provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing, including when they started and their severity. If your provider suspects you have a nutritional deficiency, they might also order lab tests like bloodwork or urinalysis.
Once your StatMD provider determines your needs, they prescribe a specific IV solution. Some of the most common nutrients used in IV therapy include:
If your symptoms are due to a bacterial infection, your provider might prescribe an IV drip with antibiotics.
During IV therapy, you sit down in a comfortable chair. Your provider cleans and sterilizes the injection site and carefully inserts a needle into one of your veins. The needle connects to a tube that’s fed by an IV bag. During treatment, you can read, nap, watch television, or look at your phone. Most IV therapy appointments take about 60-90 minutes.
IV therapy is a cumulative treatment, meaning the benefits occur over an extended period. Some people experience a significant improvement in their symptoms within 24 hours of their initial treatment. For others, it takes several days or weeks.
The number of IV therapy treatment sessions you participate in depends on the severity of your condition and goals. StatMD designs a custom plan that aligns with your lifestyle and needs.
To explore the benefits of IV therapy, make an appointment at StatMD by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.