We know that conventional treatment methods sometimes aren’t enough to control some cases of arthritis. For patients with these types of arthritis, we offer state-of-the-art biologics treatments that can effectively control symptoms and increase overall quality of life.
Located in Brazos Valley,Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic of Brazos Valley provides patients with quality medical care to help alleviate pain and improve their day-to-day experiences. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment, contact us today. We are also able to treat bone disease, giant cell arteritis, vasculitis symptoms, gout and more.
Biologics and Arthritis
Biologic therapies have been prescribed for cases of arthritis that do not respond well to traditional treatment since the 1990’s. Biologics are genetically engineered proteins derived from human genes that inhibit components of the immune system. Because of this immune system suppression, they are especially effective in treating various forms of arthritis, particularly moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis.
How Do They Work?
Unlike other drugs that are used to treat arthritis, biologics target specific components of the immune system. Different types target different parts of the immune system, including T cells, TNF (tumor necrosis factor), IL-1 or IL-6 and B cells.
In targeting the specific causes of your inflammation, biologics help control arthritis symptoms. These treatments are administered intravenously and can take several hours to complete. Typically, they need to be administered every one or two months. However, more frequent sessions may be required during the first year of treatment.
The Benefits of Biologics
Biologics offer a wide variety of advantages to the arthritis patients who receive them. They are typically administered to individuals who haven’t responded well to other types of arthritis treatment, and have had particularly significant success in slowing the progression of arthritis in these patients. They are also known to control and lessen the severity of existing arthritis related pain and induce remission. This effective control of symptoms can decrease the possibility of long-term disability associated with unsuccessfully treated or managed arthritis cases.
The Downsides of Biologics
While the use of biologics has been known to help successfully manage arthritis, there are some significant downsides to receiving them. Since they work by manipulating the way the immune system functions, they increase the patient’s risk of infection and cancer. While this mostly manifests itself in the form of colds or sinus infections, it can lead to the contraction of life-threatening conditions like tuberculosis and lymphoma.
If you have a case of arthritis that hasn’t responded well to traditional treatment options, you may want to consider biologics. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment.