For Damaged Nerves’ Cells

Laser. Healthy Living Magazine

Laser. Healthy Living Magazine

An estimated 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy, a condition that develops as a result of damage to the peripheral nervous system—the vast communications network that transmits information between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and every other part of the body.

Neuropathy means nerve disease or damage, and 60-70% of people with diabetes have some form of this condition. Risk rises with age and longer duration of diabetes.

Symptoms can range from numbness or tingling, to pricking sensations (paresthesia) or muscle weakness. Areas of the body may become abnormally sensitive leading to an exaggeratedly intense or distorted experience of touch (allodynia). In such cases, pain may occur in response to a stimulus that does not normally provoke pain.

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Severe symptoms may include burning pain (especially at night), muscle wasting, paralysis or organ or gland dysfunction. Damage to nerves that supply internal organs may impair digestion, sweating, sexual function and urination.

Lasering in on Relief

Now a study from Laser Therapy shows light-emitting diodes might be a nontoxic alternative to painkillers and other ineffective therapies for this condition. Nineteen type 2 diabetes patients were screened and confirmed for peripheral neuropathy and then given low level laser therapy (LLLT) for 10 days. “In the present study, low level laser therapy was found to be effective in type 2 DM with peripheral neuropathy.”

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), a symptom of neuropathy, affect 1 in 4 patients with a financial burden of $245 billion annually. “There is a wide range of advanced therapies for DFU, but these are costly and have demonstrated only minimal efficacy in limited published studies,” says a study. In a review of 7 available clinical studies, researchers concluded, “LLLT is an emerging and promising treatment modality to current alternatives that are costly and have shown limited success.”

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LLLT involves the use of light in the form of low-level or low-power laser or light emitting diodes to alter biochemical pathways, which may result in changes to cell shape, cell migration and cell signaling. LLLT affects the genetics of the cells, stimulating regrowth and restoring the mitochondria. When used regularly, LLT can work highly effectively. Home units should be able to be adjusted to different known frequencies associated with specific conditions.

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Cg SK, Maiya AG, Hande HM, Vidyasagar S, Rao K, Rajagopal KV. Efficacy of low level laser therapy on painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Laser Ther. 2015 Oct 2;24(3):195-200. doi: 10.5978/islsm.15-OR-12. Tchanque-Fossuo CN, Ho D, Dahle SE, Koo E, Isseroff RR, Jagdeo J. Low-level Light Therapy for Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcer: A Review of Clinical Experiences. J Drugs Dermatol. 2016 Jul 1;15(7):843-8.
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