Orlando Rheumatologist

Infusion Therapy for Arthritis TreatmentOrlando, FL

Infusion therapy for arthritis treatment gives patients a safe, highly effective and convenient alternative to oral medications and other forms of treatment. It is often effective after diagnosis or if other forms of treatment do not work properly. Here at our office, we offer infusion therapy for patients dealing with symptoms of arthritis, and we help our patients through the treatment process to ensure that they are comfortable and know what to expect every step of the way. We encourage those who have arthritis and are interested in finding long-term symptom relief through infusion therapy to get in touch to schedule a consultation visit. 

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An overview of infusion therapy for arthritis treatment

Infusion therapy, or IV therapy, uses an IV catheter to administer medication to patients. There are certain medications that work best through IV infusions rather than oral medication, and the treatment allows the medication to go directly into the blood vessels through a safe and often highly effective process. There are several potential treatment methods for arthritis.

For mild cases, minor lifestyle changes and over-the-counter pain relievers may help with symptom management. Physical therapy might be an option in certain instances as well. However, over-the-counter and prescribed oral medication is not always successful in treating arthritis, and many other patients may not physically be able to take the medication. In these instances, infusion therapy provides an ideal alternative to arthritis treatment. 

As is the case with any form of medication, there are potential side effects. If side effects do occur, they are generally mild and do not cause serious concern. The most common side effects include fatigue, dizziness, upset stomach and nausea. If side effects worsen or linger for more than several days, get in touch with us to determine the next step to take.

The number of infusions that each patent requires for effective and safe treatment varies, and it ranges from one a month to as many as three or four per month. Our staff can discuss the frequency of treatment and help the patient arrange an appropriate schedule that is convenient and works for them. We make each session as effortless as possible.

The benefits of infusion therapy for arthritis

There are many benefits of infusion therapy for arthritis treatment, and for many, it is a safe and more effective alternative to oral medication. As it related directly to treating arthritis symptoms, the benefits of infusion therapy include: 

  • Decreased inflammation
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved energy levels
  • Joint damage prevention
  • Reduced aches and pains

The biggest issues for many who have arthritis is chronic joint pain, decreased range of motion and inflammation, and infusion therapy is often an effective way to deal with each one of these concerns. All too many give up physical activity due to their arthritis, as they fear using the joints too much may lead to pain, stiffness and inflammation, but those who enjoy physical activity and being active can continue to do so with effective arthritis symptom management through infusion therapy from a rheumatologist. 

When to consider infusion therapy for arthritis

We believe no one should have to deal with moderate to severe symptoms of arthritis each day, and we strive to help our patients feel their best each day so they can pursue the things they love in life and live a more active lifestyle. Anyone who has not seen the results they desire through other forms of medication or patients who have recently received an arthritis diagnosis or experience symptoms that might point to the condition should consider visiting our team to discuss infusion therapy and other treatment options. We understand how frustrating it can be to deal with symptoms every day, and many of our patients find long-term symptom relief through infusion therapy. 

How infusion therapy works

We use a personalized treatment process for all our arthritis patients who choose infusion therapy. The first step is to schedule a consultation with us, during which we can discuss your medical history, including drugs that may have not worked in the past, current chronic symptoms you experience and your goals for treatment. After our team discusses your goals for treatment and we answer any questions you may have, we can arrange a time for the first infusion therapy if doing so is a viable option.

We may provide useful care instructions to help you prepare the night before the infusion, and it is generally a good idea to hydrate properly and get a good night of rest. If you feel anxious before the first infusion, we encourage patients to do something fun, such as play a board game or watch a movie with the family to keep any nerves down and have a relaxing night before coming in for the non-invasive infusion therapy. 

For the infusion, we begin by setting the patient up in a comfortable place within the office. A member of our medical team will place the IV drip, which does not cause much, if any, discomfort. During the treatment, the patient can read their favorite book, catch up on emails on their phone or even take a nap. We also allow our infusion therapy patients to bring a friend with them if they would like.

The infusion can take anywhere from one to three hours, and the patient is free to leave as soon as treatment ends. We may provide aftercare instructions to help the patient make a full recovery and reduce the risk of side effects. 

Consult with us

If you are interested in learning more about infusion therapy for arthritis treatment, then give us a call to arrange a convenient time to come in and meet with our staff and discuss treatment. We take a genuine appreciation in helping our patients feel their best each day, and we believe no one should have to deal with pain, inflammation and increased stiffness due to arthritis each day. Together, we can come up with a treatment strategy that involves infusion therapy to help you feel better. Our team can help you through the process and answer any questions you have along the way. 

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Anika Alar MD is located at
7328 Stonerock cir.
Orlando, FL

(407) 209-3711