Neuropathy, pain management
and light therapy.
A common condition most people never heard of.
Neuropathy, also known as peripheral neuropathy or peripheral nerve disease, affects 15 million to 20 million Americans, yet most patients have never heard of it. It is caused by deterioration of peripheral nerves, which disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, organs and tissues. It’s as if the body’s internal wiring has short-circuited. Neuropathy can cause unusual, unpleasant irritations including burning, clumsiness, crawling sensations, dizziness, itchiness, tingling and more. If ignored, neuropathy symptoms can lead to numbness at one extreme to unremitting pain at the other. And neuropathic pain can be difficult to manage, with or without medications.
New light therapy shows promise in treatment.
Though only recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of pain and stiffness that accompany arthritis, light therapy has been used all over the world for more than two decades. Light therapy is backed by extensive research, including hundreds of published studies covering a wide range of conditions, including arthritis. Light therapy has proven effective as a treatment for numerous soft-tissue injuries, pain and inflammatory conditions, including:
:: Neck pain :: Tennis elbow :: Carpal tunnel syndrome :: TMJ pain
:: Tendonitis :: Arthritis :: Plantar fasciitis :: Headaches
Light therapy treatments are effective, fast and safe. Treatments are usually applied two to three times weekly for optimal results. Treatments usually take less than 15 minutes. When light is applied to human tissue, the photons are absorbed by chromophores at the mitochondrial cellular level, where it is converted to adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. The ATP accelerates DNA and RNA synthesis, mitosis and cell proliferation. The result is faster tissue repair, pain reduction and reduction of inflammation.
To learn more about how we can help with all your patients’ needs, including neuropathic pain management, please call us at 618-632-5800.