Peripheral neuropathy is a condition caused from damaged nerve endings. These nerve endings are usually in the feet, lower legs, and/or hands. Some symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can include burning, tingling, throbbing, numbness, tightness, or all of the above. It can also cause balance issues and sleep disturbance. Peripheral neuropathy can stem from diseases such as diabetes, trauma, autoimmune disorders, nutritional deficiencies, or chemotherapy drugs. Some cases of peripheral neuropathy have no known cause and are considered idiopathic. Current treatments are centered on symptom management and include the use of medications such as Gabapentin, Neurontin, Cymbalta, Lyrica, or even narcotic medications such as Oxycodone or Hydrocodone. These medications cover up the symptoms while the neuropathy condition progresses.
Don’t Ignore Your Neuropathy
If left untreated, neuropathy can develop into a serious disorder and lead to permanent nerve damage.
What is the K-Laser?
The K-Laser is a powerful Class IV laser which is able to penetrate the skin and begin to heal the nerve endings damaged by peripheral neuropathy. This type of laser delivers a specific red and near infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a therapeutic effect within the body. These effects include increased blood flow to the nerves, increased energy in the cells and accelerated the healing. It is a natural, effective, painless, non-medication, and non-invasive approach to treating peripheral neuropathy. Many patients feel an improvement in symptoms in as little at 3 to 6 treatments!
What to expect from Synergy Medical’s Peripheral Neuropathy treatment
It all starts with a complimentary consultation in which you will meet with our medical provider and discuss your history, medications, and previous treatments. If you may be a good candidate for this treatment, an exam will be performed to determine the extent of the peripheral neuropathy damage. The physical exam will test muscles, sensation, reflexes, and range of motion. Imaging studies may be performed if the medical provider suspects additional causes for the neuropathy.
We recommend wearing loose and comfortable clothing as the treatment requires access to the lower back and legs or the neck and arms, depending on the affected area. Each treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and is normally painless. Some patients actually state that the warmth from the K-Laser light improves their symptoms immediately.
Treatment is recommended 2 to 3 times a week for a series of 16 treatments. The medical provider will do a re-examination after 6-8 treatments to determine your progress and if you require any changes to your treatment. After the treatment series is completed, results typically last around 12 months.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT NEUROPATHY K-LASER TREATMENT
The treatments last approximately 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area, and are done twice per week for a total of 8 weeks. After each set of three treatments, there is a re-examination to document the progress made with the treatment.
There is little or no sensation during the treatment. Occasionally one feels a mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be briefly sensitive before pain reduction
There is no downtime after this treatment. Patients may resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment.
It has been proven in clinical trials to be 90% effective at treating the symptoms of neuropathy with no observed complications.
There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions, including neuropathy.
While every patient is different, many patients maintain their improvement for up to 12 months or more.
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
In addition to peripheral neuropathy, the K-Laser works extremely well with arthritis and arthritic joint pain. Low back, neck conditions, hips, knees and elbows also respond especially well to K-Laser therapy.
It all starts with a complimentary consultation in which you will meet with our medical provider and discuss your history, medications, and previous treatments. If you may be a good candidate for this treatment, an exam will be performed to determine the extent of the peripheral neuropathy damage. Most major insurances, including Medicare, cover this exam with an office visit co-pay or coinsurance. Once our medical provider decides the appropriate treatment program for you, we can get started the same day in most cases!