Electrotherapy is a medical treatment that utilizes electrical energy for a variety of diseases and conditions. Evolving dramatically throughout history, electrotherapy was once applied in forms ranging from electric eels to modern microwaves. Today, modern and safe versions of electrotherapy are commonly used to treat pain from neuropathy. At US Neuropathy Centers, our skilled team of medical professionals accurately and consistently identifies conditions that can be improved with electrotherapy treatment.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) units, in a variety of applications and designs, is one of the most common forms of electrotherapy in the United States. The price of the appliance is relatively low, it units can be worn in socks, gloves, or applied in the comfort of a patient’s home, and it has been shown effective in the reduction of pain association with a number of diseases. Because of the countless biochemical and bioelectrical effects electrotherapy provides, researchers began to consider this treatment for pain diseases and restoring damaged tissue, which lead to electrical muscle arousal.
Electrical muscle arousal activates muscle tissue and prevents degeneration while the affected nerves simultaneously heal. Electrotherapy for neuropathy treatment helps speed up the advancement of strength, function, and muscles control. Some patients with autonomic neuropathy have symptoms of urinary incontinence. The therapeutic use of electrotherapy can help improve symptoms and lead to comprehensive continence.
A study conducted by Dinesh Kumar, MD, Michael S. Alvaro, MD, Inderjeet S. Julka, MD, and Howard J. Marshall, DPM, assessed the mechanism of electrotherapy for symptomatic relief. The researchers found that for diabetic neuropathy, electrotherapy can improve blood flow, nerve oxygen tension, and other vascular factors. Within their study, the researchers delivered treatment to the knee region of study participants and realized symptomatic improvement transpired in the foot. From these findings, their conclusions found transcutaneous electrotherapy as a treatment to improve tissue circulation. (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/21/8/1322.full.pdf)
Peripheral neuropathy is a common symptom associated with diabetes. Electrotherapy can also be utilized to improve treatment for diabetic neuropathy. Current research supports the efficacy of electrotherapy in wound healing. Various forms of electrotherapy, with various strengths, can be used in conjunction for maximum results, through a combination of in-office and in-home therapies. Recent research has shown remarkable results when combining bio-compatible wave lengths with peripheral nerve blocks. This combination increases nerve healing and greatly reduces the symptoms associated with neuropathy.
Research continues to evaluate electrotherapy’s efficacy for peripheral neuropathy, and US Neuropathy Centers stays at the forefront of such findings. To find out if you are a candidate for electrotherapy for neuropathy treatment, contact a US Neuropathy specialist, today!
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at US Neuropathy Centers.
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@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018