Peripheral and diabetic neuropathy cause a variety of painful symptoms that, in advanced cases, can lead to tissue damage and even require amputation.
The Neuropathy Association reports that more than 20 million Americans suffer from this painful and debilitating condition. To date, the medical community has had little luck in finding ways to successfully treat these conditions.
Fortunately, laser therapy has been demonstrated in the research to be a safe and effective treatment option for reducing the pain and inflammation of neuropathy. In northern Wexford, Wexford Laser Therapy provides a welcome relief for patients battling this chronic condition.
Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is the term used to describe a series of conditions caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system.
When the nerves are damaged, they become unable to send signals normally between the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the rest of the body. Any parts of the body connected to damaged nerves can experience numbness and pain.
PN can affect a single nerve (mononeuropathy) or multiple nerves (polyneuropathy). This condition can result from chemotherapy treatments, autoimmune disease, toxic chemical exposure, kidney failure, hereditary disorders and more.
Common peripheral neuropathy symptoms include burning or freezing sensations, sensitivity to touch, muscle weakness, cramping, twitching, sweating, difficulty walking or moving the extremities and the loss of balance or coordination.
Traditional treatment protocols have included pain medication, nerve blocks and corticosteroids. Many traditional treatments are ineffective, but fortunately, laser therapy can be transformational for many PN sufferers.
Diabetic neuropathy (DN) is a form of peripheral neuropathy that is caused by diabetes. Approximately 60 to 70 percent of diabetes patients develop this painful condition.
Researchers believe that this condition develops as a result of long-term exposure to high levels of blood glucose. Other contributors include genetic factors, inflammation, autoimmune disorders and lifestyle.
Symptoms are similar to those of PN, including tingling, numbness and pain. However, DN sufferers are at risk for wasting of the muscles in the extremities, gastrointestinal symptoms, dizziness, weakness and urinary problems. Many DN patients face amputation of the extremities as the condition progresses.
Traditionally, doctors have focused primarily on controlling pain with opioids, antidepressants and anticonvulsants. Topical treatments have also been used, including lidocaine and capsaicin creams.
Laser Therapy for Neuropathy
Using laser therapy to treat neuropathy offers hope to many patients who previously believed they had none.
Research indicates that laser therapy can help the body’s neurons repair themselves. In addition to its regenerative benefits, this treatment helps to reduce inflammation and control pain, especially for those patients with diabetes-related nerve damage.
Laser therapy treatments are quick, easy and painless. They encourage the body to heal by increasing blood flow, reducing swelling and releasing endorphins to help with pain. This treatment is as safe as it is effective, with minimal risk and no side effects.
Located in Draper, Wexford Laser Therapy provides evidence-based treatment for a variety of conditions including fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, bursitis and diabetic ulcers. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for laser therapy for neuropathy.