Arthritis Benefits of IV Infusion Therapy

Arthritis Benefits of IV Infusion Therapy

The appeal and advantages of IV infusion therapy aren’t always obvious at first glance. However, many arthritis patients find that IV infusion therapy carries benefits they hadn’t expected. In this post, we’ll explore some of those benefits. 

The highly trained and specialized providers at Rheumatology Solutions understand the toll that any form of arthritis can take on you physically and psychologically. One of the most important components of enjoying a high quality of life with a disease like arthritis is making sure that your treatment options are a good fit. We offer numerous treatments, including IV infusion therapy

Conditions 

Infusion services at Rheumatology Solutions are available for several conditions, including: 

Our infusion center is staffed by highly qualified registered nurses who have extensive experience with infusion. Since infusion therapy can take a long time, we have created a comfortable space with a soothing atmosphere. 

Why infusion therapy? 

You may wonder why we suggest infusion therapy rather than an oral medication or other form. One reason is that some drugs are only available through IV infusion, and others can be given in the form of a shot at home or as an infusion in our center. 

When you have infusion therapy, the medication is delivered directly to your bloodstream. With oral medications, the drug has to be processed through your digestive system and delivered to your joints. If you take a shot at home, it’s called a subcutaneous injection, and the medication slowly enters your bloodstream rather than directly. 

Sometimes the delivery method matters, and that’s the case with the medications that are only available as infusions. 

What are the benefits? 

If the idea of spending from 30 minutes up to several hours connected to an IV seems inconvenient, you may want to consider the following benefits: 

1. You aren’t giving yourself a shot

Many people struggle with self-injecting medication. If you’re one of them, infusion therapy could be a better solution for you. 

2. The period between infusions is longer than that between injections

It depends on the medication, your dosage, and other factors, but most of the time, you need fewer infusions than shots. You might need a shot weekly, but could do an infusion monthly, for example.

3. Highly trained medical professionals oversee your infusion

Often, the drugs used in infusion therapy are powerful medications. Should you have any side effects during your infusion, you’re in a medical facility with trained staff watching. 

4. The period between infusions may get longer with time

As you begin to notice your symptoms improve, your doctor may decide that you can wait longer between infusions, depending on how your body responds. 

Other considerations

There are plenty of other things to think about when you’re deciding whether or not receiving your treatments through infusion therapy is the right thing for you. Our providers work with you in weighing the pros and cons in your specific situation. 

If you’d like to learn more about infusion therapy and find out if it could be an option for you, schedule an appointment at Rheumatology Solutions today. 

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