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Laser is a great treatment for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy St. John's Physiotherapy

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy  (DPN) is a type of nerve damage that is associated with pain, weakness and numbness in the feet, and less frequently the hands..[1]  Those with DPN have poor balance and coordination and are at a greater risk for falls. They are also at risk for developing ulcers, infections, deformities of bone and joint pain.

There are two types of diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, one involving the sensory and motor nerves and the other the autonomic nervous system, with the first being most amenable to laser treatment. Laser treatment is a great treatment when the sensory-motor symptoms are persistent, and associated with increasing pain, numbness and weakness. Not only does it make life more comfortable, but it improves foot mobility and confidence when standing and walking.

Laser treatment for DPN involves treatment of the low spine, where the nerves which supply the feet originate, along the course of the nerves down the leg, and over both feet. It is expected that symptoms will improve fairly quickly, with the average treatment plan consisting of 10 to 12 treatments over a 4 week period. Best results are achieved when a maintenance program follows the initial treatment program, often once every 3 to 6 weeks, but very much dependent on individual requirements.

Effects of BioFlex Laser Treatment

  1. It increases the supply of oxygenated blood to the injured area
  2. It aligns collagen fibers to reduce internal scar formation and enhance tissue elasticity.
  3. It accelerates regeneration of muscle tissue.
  4. It accelerates and resolves the inflammatory process
  5. It promotes regrowth of nerve fibers
  6. It improves cartilage deposition and joint function
  7. It stimulates production of osteophytes to accelerate bone repair


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