Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy often described as numbness and pain caused by nerve damage in the hands, feet and postoperative site can be caused by many factors including diabetes and poor circulation.  Medical therapeutic lasers have been proven to decrease the pain of neuropathy, decrease inflammation and aid in the healing of wounds and tendons.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a painful disabling complication of diabetes.  Medical therapeutic lasers are a proven effective treatment for peripheral neuropathy.

Type II Diabetes is rapidly increasing worldwide.  It has been associated with many nerve and vascular complications.  Peripheral neuropathy caused by damage to the nerves of the hands, lower extremities, ankles and feet is a common disabling complication.  Approximately 25-50% of all diabetic patients in developing countries experience the signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.  Diabetic peripheral neuropathy counts for more hospital days than all the other complications of diabetes combined.  Functional impairment and poor quality of life are frequently reported by diabetic patients complicated by neuropathy.

Painful diabetic neuropathy is a result of damage to the circulation system that supports the nerves and to the axons (nerve cells) directly leading to nerve tissue damage.  All nerve fibers may be injured by diabetes but especially nerve fibers that transmit nerve pain and temperature are the most affected.  Reduced micro circulation to the nerves is responsible for the loss of protective sensation and atrophy of foot muscles which later leads to development of foot complications like ulcers, infections, bone destruction and calluses.  Patients with diabetic neuropathy often develop symptoms of burning; aches; pain and needles; numbness; sharp shooting pains; and feels asleep located in the lower extremities primarily the soles and toes.

Current therapy for the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy focuses on symptomatic relief through the administration of medications.  Medications can reduce the patient’s signs and symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.  However they are often associated with systemic side effects and they do not prevent the advancement of the underlying neuropathy disease process.

Multiple non pharmacological treatments have been used in an effort to control the signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.  These management technologies include acupuncture, infrared therapy, electro therapies including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and spinal cord electro stimulation.  The success of these conservative treatment options is still unclear.

Medical therapeutic lasers has the ability to manage nerve injuries and other pathologies of the nerve.  By inducing a photobiomodulation effect (healing) on the nerves themselves.  In additional, medical therapeutic lasers have been used in the management of diabetic complications such as foot ulcers.

Medical therapeutic lasers demonstrate significant reduction in pain through the following mechanisms:

  • Release of cytokines and growth factors into the circulation which are responsible for the vaso dilation of the vessels and formation of new capillaries which restore blood flow to the damaged nerves.
  • Increased ATP production by mitochondria and increased cellular oxygen consumption by nerve regeneration which allows the nerves to heal themselves.
  • Increases micro circulation which increases nutrition to damaged nerves.

At the Sollay Laser Center, Terrance L. Baker, MD, MS has developed a series of protocols which have been used over the last ten (10) years to successfully treat patients with peripheral neuropathy.

Call today for your free consultation, (410) 644-7655.  After today there is no need for you to experience the daily pain of peripheral neuropathy nor to lay awake at night suffering in pain.

Pick up the phone and call for your free consultation.  Allow our experienced staff to examine you and to design an effective treatment plan.

Terrance L. Baker, MD, MS
Modesta Vesonder, CNP
Hana Kelele, CNP, PhD

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