Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy Therapy Treatment Boulder
North Boulder Physical Therapy Sports Rehabilitation
Peripheral diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder caused by diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy results in decreased protective sensation of the foot and lower leg, loss of balance due to decreased sensation in the feet and ankles, falls, and difficulty with wound healing due to decreased circulation. Leg muscle wasting may lead to changes in walking. Tingling, numbness and pain may also be present and are often debilitating enough to shorten golf games, prevent long walks, and otherwise decrease the fun in life.
For physical therapy the goals with peripheral neuropathy patients can now be to restore sensation, improve walking ability, improve balance, prevent falls, and to heal wounds. Loss of sensation in the feet causes many diabetics to have poor position sense (proprioception). Diabetics with neuropathy are 15 times more likely to fall than someone without neuropathy and of the same age.
There's help! North Boulder PT is the first and only provider of a new treatment called Anodyne Therapy. It is light-emitting diodes that are fitted into eight flexible pads. These pads are applied to the skin of the lower legs and feet. The theory is that when the monochromatic infrared pads are placed on the skin, the photon energy helps to release a free radical called Nitric Oxide from hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Nitric Oxide increases local microcirculation, has beneficial effects on nerve function and pain, and helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients.
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