Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve-related disorder, and is the leading cause of chronic pain, and about 8% of all people who suffer from chronic pain also have neuropathic pain. Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. Like any form of nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy is irreversible. The progression of the disease can be slowed down and it can be managed with effective treatment, but doctors have still not found a way to reverse peripheral neuropathy. Fortunately, new research has shown that high intensity laser treatments can effectively manage neuropathic pain.
Most therapies used by neurologists for peripheral neuropathy focus on symptom relief through medication. While these drugs are often effective, they may be associated with unpleasant side effects.
What Is High-Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT)?
High-intensity laser therapy works by stimulating blood circulation in the affected areas, and the nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood helps repair nerve fibers and optimize their functionality. This can lead to decreased pain and discomfort. Our medical providers at ReGen Medical Dallas emphasize how laser therapy can significantly improve quality of life when combined with managing the patient’s underlying condition, alongside other rehabilitative efforts as directed by our providers.
Some of the benefits of high-intensity laser therapy include:
- Anti-inflammatory effect: The High-intensity laser speeds up the cell metabolism and faster resorption of proinflammatory mediators.
- Pain relief: Mechanical stimulation of free nerve ends has an analgesic effect and a thermic effect that causes increased blood perfusion throughout the tissues.
- Microcirculation stimulation: Blood circulation is stimulated, which heals the tissue and allows the muscles to relax.
High-intensity laser therapy allows for deep tissue penetration and is a powerful yet non-addictive type of pain management. Through a natural energy transfer process called photobiomodulation and the photomechanical effect, it speeds up tissue healing and regeneration.
During treatment, the doctor presses the laser against the skin and the light penetrates the tissues noninvasively. The laser light can penetrate deeply into the body tissues to target the problem-causing area. Pain relief is achieved by using very short pulses with a high repetition rate, which stimulates free nerve tissues and causes nearly instantaneous pain relief in the treatment area.
What Does Research Say About High-Intensity Laser Therapy?
While laser treatment for peripheral neuropathy is relatively new and scientists are just beginning to understand it, 2017 research showed that high intensity laser therapy can improve sensory function. Another study showed that high-intensity laser therapy can significantly reduce pain in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Although more research is needed before high intensity laser treatment goes mainstream, patients have reported consistent symptom relief from its use.
Why We Use High-Intensity Laser Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy
High intensity laser therapy is a type of alternative, regenerative medicine, and is often provided by other skilled doctors around the world. At ReGen Medical Dallas, we use high intensity laser therapy alongside a suite of treatment protocols via our proprietary ReGen Neuropathy Stimulus Protocol (RNSP) to treat chronic pain enables immediate pain-less living now and future when treating conditions like peripheral neuropathy. We believe in the use of these high-intensity lasers to help target pain and discomfort associated with peripheral neuropathy, and she has maintained a keen eye on laser therapy modalities since their infancy.
Interested in learning more about High-Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) and ReGen Neuropathy Stimulus Protocol (RNSP) at ReGen Medical Dallas? Contact us today at (214) 855-7750 to book an appointment.