DIABETIC NEUROPATHY AND LASER THERAPY

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The most common type of diabetic complications are peripheral neuropathy, due to damage to the peripheral nerves, which is thought to be progressive and irreversible. Not only does the nerve die, but the repairing mechanisms of nerve regeneration are also damaged. In association with neuropathy, impaired microcirculation is responsible for the development of diabetic gangrene, ulcers, and infections of skin and bone in long-standing diabetic patients.

Painful diabetic neuropathy is a common problem in diabetic subjects.

  1. Symptoms like tingling, burning, and numbness may affect your sleep and quality of life.
  2. Current treatments, usually medications, don’t cure, and only partially relieve the pain.
  3. Laser therapy is a relatively new treatment that shows promise in reducing the pain.

For now, if diabetics have painful diabetic neuropathy that is not responding well to medications or other treatments, ask your doctor about laser therapy.

BIOLOGICAL EFFECT OF LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY (COLD LASER)
  1. Anti-inflammatory – Laser light reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of  joints to give enhanced joint mobility.
  2. Increased vascular activity – Laser light induces temporary vasodilation by increasing blood flow to damaged areas.
  3. Stimulated nerve function –. Laser light stimulates the process of nerve regeneration.
  4. Wound healing – Laser light stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue.
  5. Increased metabolic activity – Higher outputs of specific enzymes; greater oxygen and greater production of the basic food source for all cells, ATP.
  6. LLLT is safe and effective treatment for faster healing, better tissue remodeling, reduced inflammation, and analgesia. It is drug-free and relatively side effect-free.

http://www.bu.edu/naeser/acupuncture/treatments/NaeserLaserFOOT.pdf

http://www.bu.edu/naeser/acupuncture/treatment.html

 

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