How Infusion Therapy Is Used by Anika Alar MD— Rheumatologist in Orlando, FL
Our rheumatologist team offers infusion therapy to patients who are seeking symptom relief. We treat a range of conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and lupus. We may recommend infusion therapy to patients who have not seen their condition improve through other forms of treatment, or it might be an option for patients who were recently diagnosed and need a long-term treatment plan.
If you are dealing with chronic or severe symptoms, then we encourage you to reach out to us today to learn more about infusion therapy and to schedule a consultation visit.
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An overview of infusion therapy
Infusion therapy is a treatment method in which medication is given to patients intravenously through an IV drip rather than through an injection or oral medication. It is a safe and effective procedure that is performed in-office in a comfortable setting. Infusion therapy works well for many who have a more severe condition, and it is an alternative for patients who have not had success with oral medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy or another form of treatment. There are many benefits to infusion therapy from a rheumatologist, including the following:
- Non-invasive treatment
- Effective alternative solution
- Long-term symptom relief
- Comfortable experience
- Treatment required less often
Infusion therapy is a safe, effective and non-invasive solution. The patient sits comfortably in our office, and treatment lasts, at most, several hours. Patients are only required to come in several times each month for treatment, and the results are often incredibly effective at providing long-term relief of a range of conditions.
Conditions that a rheumatologist can treat with infusion therapy
Rheumatologists treat rheumatic diseases and autoimmune disorders. Several conditions they can treat include lupus, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Each condition has its own symptoms and requires a unique treatment plan. We also understand that within each condition, each patient has a unique set of symptoms and severity.
We tailor the medication and the way we perform infusion therapy based on the condition and symptoms we are treating. For lupus, several symptoms include muscle and joint pain and swelling, fatigue, rashes and sometimes fever. For arthritis and osteoarthritis, common symptoms generally include joint pain, swelling and limited range of motion. Patients with arthritis may struggle with symptoms of fatigue as well, especially with rheumatoid arthritis.
On your first visit, we will discuss the condition you have and the symptoms you deal with regularly. We will also take into consideration previous treatments you have tried and what you hope to get from treatment to form a treatment plan with infusion therapy. If you have been diagnosed with lupus, arthritis, osteoarthritis or a related condition that causes concerning symptoms or if you experience symptoms that indicate that you may have one of these conditions, then we encourage you to reach out to us to schedule a consultation visit.
When to consider infusion therapy from a rheumatologist
In general, it is encouraged to visit a rheumatologist if symptoms of a rheumatic disease or related condition exist, or if the person has received a diagnosis of a condition that a rheumatologist can treat. Specifically for infusion therapy, rheumatologists may recommend it as the first form of treatment that the patient tries to provide the best possible chance at long-term and effective results.
However, infusion therapy from a rheumatologist is often a good idea, especially if other treatments have tried and failed. While a minor case of arthritis may only require over-the-counter medication and lifestyle changes, patients with more moderate to severe cases often greatly benefit from infusion therapy. Additionally, patients who feel they are held back with physical activity due to their condition should consider a visit with a rheumatologist to discuss if infusion therapy can help them live a more active lifestyle without fearing that symptoms such as joint pain and inflammation are worsening.
In other instances, patients may not be able to take oral medications or would prefer not to rely on pills for treatment, in which case infusion therapy from a rheumatologist often makes for a great alternative solution. With that said, infusion therapy is often used along with other forms of treatment and therapy to provide the most effective form of treatment possible.
How infusion therapy works, from a rheumatologist
The process for infusion therapy from a rheumatologist begins with a consultation visit. On the first visit, the rheumatologist and the patient can discuss the goals for treatment, which may include physical activity, dealing with issues of chronic fatigue, preventing regular lupus flare-ups or simply feeling better each and every day. Based on the patient’s goals, previous treatment history and preferred method of treatment, we can form a treatment that likely includes infusion therapy.
For the first infusion therapy, the rheumatologist may provide preparation instructions that include hydrating properly and getting a good night of rest. If the patient feels anxious, they may consider doing something with friends or family the night before such as playing a board game or going to a movie. The infusion takes place inside the office in a comfortable setting, and the IV is placed, which slowly allows the medication to go into the blood vessels through the drip. It is painless, and many patients even decide to take a nap during treatment. The rheumatologist will be around the entire time to ensure a safe and comfortable process.
After the procedure is over, the rheumatologist will ensure that the patient is good to go and that there are no issues with side effects. We may also provide follow-up care instructions to minimize the risk of side effects such as fatigue, nausea or upset stomach. We can also schedule a time for the next infusion as well.
Consult with us
If you have lupus, arthritis, osteoarthritis or a related condition and are seeking a long-term and effective solution to symptom management, then we encourage you to give our rheumatologist team a call today to set up a visit. We offer infusion therapy and help patients through the treatment process.
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