- Numbness in your hands and feet?
- Sleep disturbance due to painful numbness and burning in your feet?
- Poor balance with frequent falls or fear of falling?
- Difficulty using the fingers for fine coordination such as fastening buttons and doing zippers?
Neuropathy can be as a result of:
- Substance abuse
- Unknown causes.
With loss of sensation in the feet, there is the danger of developing wounds. These can become chronic and lead to amputation.
- A comprehensive evaluation, including testing of protective, heat and cold sensation.
- Strength, range of motion and balance are thoroughly measured and tested.
- A falls risk assessment is performed.
- Gait speed is timed to determine community safety risks.
- Treatments address all deficiencies found at the initial evaluation, including strengthening and balance activities.
- Manual therapy to increase joint motion and improve soft tissue mobility.
- Modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation are used for reduction of pain and to increase circulation.
- Photo Light Therapy (PLT) stimulates the production of Nitric Oxide which has been proven to help in the treatment and resolution of neuropathy. Working specifically to improve circulation and stimulate the formation of ancillary capillaries.
Studies performed with the use of Photo Light Therapy have shown the following:
- 100 % resolution in Chemical Neuropathies.
- 80 % resolution in Diabetic Neuropathy.
- 50 % resolution in symptoms of Polyneuropathy.
- 75 % decrease in patient falls.
We have found that treatments including strengthening and range of motion exercises, balance retraining, manual therapy and Photo Light Therapy get the best results.
ASPT has had excellent results in the treatment of all types of peripheral neuropathies. Chronic, extensive symptoms have become less extreme and smaller in area. Patients report improved balance, decreased pain and improved walking ability.
Susan Kuhling, PT is the Neuropathy Program co-ordinator.We work in close conjunction with the referring physician and continue with ongoing outcome studies and satisfaction surveys to maintain the high standard of service that we are recognized for.