Orlando Rheumatologist

Infusion TherapyOrlando, FL

We offer infusion therapy to patients with lupus, arthritis and osteoarthritis who are looking for a more effective way to manage symptoms long term. Infusion therapy involves administering medication intravenously through an IV drip rather than through oral medication or injection. It is often an effective treatment for moderate to more severe conditions when other forms of treatment do not work properly. 

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Everyone should have the opportunity to feel great each day without symptoms holding them back, and we encourage anyone who is looking for a way to improve and prevent symptoms through an effective form of treatment to get in touch with our rheumatologist team to discuss infusion therapy as a treatment option. 

Infusion therapy for lupus treatment

Lupus is a disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s tissue, and it affects more than 200,000 people each year. Strong symptoms of lupus typically present themselves during what is known as a “flare-up.” Every person with lupus has a unique experience, but common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Rash 
  • Fever

Infusion therapy can help with the prevention and management of lupus flare-ups and subsequent symptoms. People with a less severe case of lupus may not require much treatment to manage the symptoms, but infusion therapy is often a good idea for patients who do not find the desired relief through oral medication and occupational therapy.

The process of infusion therapy for lupus treatment begins with a consultation visit to discuss all treatment options and to help the patient make an informed decision. If both the patient and the rheumatologist decide IV infusions are appropriate, then a day and time are scheduled for the first infusion. Infusion therapy for lupus treatment takes place inside our office, and our team monitors the session to ensure safety. It is non-invasive and does not cause much discomfort. In fact, many patients take a nap or read a book during treatment. We generally recommend between one and four sessions each month for patients with lupus.

Infusion therapy for arthritis treatment 

The term arthritis refers to a condition in which joints become painful or inflamed. Arthritis often results from normal wear and tear and the natural breakdown of tissue, although there are other causes of arthritis as well. Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Limited flexibility
  • Chronic fatigue

One of the main goals of arthritis treatment is symptom management. For minor cases, occupational therapy and over-the-counter medication may work, but more moderate to severe cases generally require more effective solutions, such as infusion therapy from a rheumatologist. Medication that is used during infusion therapy for arthritis can work to repair damaged tissue by reducing swelling and allowing for more flexibility and movement. 

Those who have arthritis and want or are encouraged to remain active should consider the long-term benefits of infusion therapy, as it can help keep common symptoms at a minimal level. Patients can start the treatment process by scheduling a visit with us to discuss symptoms and treatment goals. We can arrange a time for the first infusion if infusion therapy is appropriate, and we are happy to answer any questions the patient has about arthritis treatment on the first visit. 

Infusion therapy for osteoarthritis treatment

Osteoarthritis is one of the many specific forms of arthritis, and our staff can treat patients with osteoarthritis long term through infusion therapy and other forms of treatment. Osteoarthritis in particular shows symptoms that generally include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Limited movement
  • Eroded cartilage
  • Increased swelling
  • Bone spurs

There are different stages of osteoarthritis, ranging from minor to severe. Osteoarthritis is most common in the knee, neck and lower back, but it can also exist in the hands, hips and other areas of the body. Infusion therapy may not be necessary for minor cases, but more moderate to severe stages often require more extensive treatment than over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and lifestyle changes.

We encourage patients who deal with symptoms of osteoarthritis that affect their daily routine to consider the benefits of infusion therapy. Osteoarthritis does not have to keep you from remaining active and living life, and many of our patients report feeling better after several sessions of IV infusions. Of course, you do not have to make the decision alone, and our team is here to help you understand all treatment options and the benefits of each. 

How infusion therapy is used by rheumatologists

The purpose of infusion therapy is generally to improve symptoms of arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus or a related condition. Some patients may seek treatment as a way to be more active without fearing that symptoms of their condition will worsen, while others may choose to do so to gain more energy each day and keep pain and inflammation at a tolerable level. Each infusion typically takes between one and four hours, and our rheumatologist team encourages between one and three sessions per month depending on the condition and severity of symptoms being treated. 

We personalize our treatment process for every patient who decides to move forward with infusion therapy, and we ensure that the process is comfortable, safe and as effective as possible. The infusions take place in a comfortable setting within our office, and we even encourage our patients to bring a friend, book or phone with them and enjoy what many consider a relaxing experience. There are not many concerning side effects to worry about, and they are typically minor and do not last long if they do develop. Our staff will also help the patient prepare before the infusion and recover afterward to minimize the risk of side effects. 

Consult With Us

The process of infusion therapy starts with a consultation visit with our staff to discuss treatment goals, symptoms that you experience and previous medical history. If you are tired of dealing with chronic or severe symptoms, then get in touch with us today to schedule a visit and find out if infusion therapy is right for you. 

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

(407) 209-3711