Psoriatic arthritis can be really tough to treat. Sometimes NSAIDs and oral immunosuppressants can do the trick and keep your symptoms under control. But if these treatment methods are not giving you enough relief, then your doctor may recommend that you undergo infusion therapy instead. Here's what you need to know about infusions for psoriatic arthritis.
What is an infusion?
The term is a bit confusing, but all it really means is that a drug will be infused into your bloodstream via an IV.
Your body must have certain amounts of water and key nutrients to perform the many daily functions and processes that keep you healthy. Unfortunately, some conditions and situations either strip the body of these substances or prevent the body from using them efficiently.
Many chiropractors and other licensed medical practitioners have adopted a service known as nutritional IV drip therapy to help combat these issues. If you struggle with dehydration or malnutrition, this treatment technique might help you immensely.
With many types of arthritis affecting the knees, treatments to slow or stop the progression of the disease can reduce pain and limitations while minimizing the need for surgery later. Stem cell therapy is a newer option that can be invaluable in reducing the disabling effects frequently caused by arthritis.
Different types of arthritis can cause inflammation via different mechanisms. Osteoarthritis (OA) generally causes inflammation because the wearing away of cartilage causes the bones to rub together.
Arthritis can cause significant pain, but the pain isn't the extent of the damage. Over time, arthritis can wear away the cartilage inside your knee. Cartilage is necessary because it cushions your joint and prevents your bones from scraping against each other. Without sufficient cartilage, you will experience severe pain and likely be unable to use your knee normally. Cartilage doesn't grow back once it's destroyed. If your knee has been irreversibly damaged by arthritis, you may be a good candidate for knee replacement surgery.
Getting an infusion can be a lengthy process. Whether you are dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or an autoimmune disease that requires medication by infusion, you may sit for hours while the medication is slowly infused into your body. To prepare yourself for the infusion, it can help to bring comfort items with you. If you are nervous about treatment, you can bring a friend with you to help ease your stress.