Grand opening of NEUROPATHY TREATMENT CENTER at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our clinics are conveniently located in Kirkland, Everett and Renton.
PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY is a condition where the feeling in your feet is abnormal. There may be tingling, burning, pain or numbness. These problems often develop slowly, are irritating and often worsen over time. The condition frequently interrupts sleep in the early hours of the morning. Without a specific diagnosis as to the cause of peripheral neuropathy, and there are many causes. It is recommended to work with a medical professional to diagnose neuropathy and assess options.
What are typical causes of Neuropathy? Diabetes is high on the list as a major contributor to the cause of peripheral neuropathy. Another is peripheral neuropathy resulting from chemotherapeutic drugs. Some genetic diseases, such as Charcot Marie Tooth that involve nerve damage, also cause symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Pain in the lower extremities is a major symptom of vascular disease known as peripheral vascular or peripheral arterial disease (PVD and PAD, respectively).
What are contributing & controllable factors? Vascular disease is the leading contributing yet controllable factor. For example, in diabetic patients vascular problems occur throughout the body. These patients suffer from vascular injury to the eyes, heart, kidney and not surprisingly, to the lower legs and feet themselves. In fact, if left unaddressed, poor blood flow to the feet can often lead to the formation of ulcers. In many cases, these wounds are so difficult to heal that an amputation is required.
What are typical complications? Slow or non-healing wounds & ulcers have been mentioned. Poor blood flow to nerves causes loss of sensation and subsequent difficulty in walking and balance. Imagine not being able to sense an uneven surface while walking or a hot surface while bathing. Imagine not being able to know whether your foot is on the break or accelerator.
Are all peripheral neuropathies the same? No, as mentioned above, some are due to disease, some to toxins like chemotherapy drugs, some are due to genetics, some are due to infections such as Lyme disease, and some are simply unexplained. The latter are labeled idiopathic neuropathy, which means the cause is unknown.
What arethe state of the art treatment options are offered at our Neuropathy Treatment Center?
- Benefits of K-Laser Therapy Class IV K-Laser Therapy is an FDA cleared therapeutic treatment that manages pain and inflammation while accelerating tissue regeneration. Laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. During K-Laser Therapy, infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level increasing metabolic activity within the cell. By improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane, the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) is stimulated. The cascade of beneficial effects that follows includes increased cellular function and tissue repair.
LED light therapy
- What is LED light therapy? Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a part of medical devices that emit near infrared (IR) light or light of various colors (polychromatic). Unlike blue, red or yellow light, IR light is invisible to the human eye. The IR light has been reported in the scientific literature to dilate blood vessels at the site of treatment.
- What is the bio/physiological reaction to infrared light? Scientific evidence shows that IR light triggers the release of nitric oxide from blood vessels and from red blood cells at the site of treatment. Nitric oxide causes local vasodilation that lasts several hours after the treatments cease. Vasodilation improves blood flow and is useful in patients whose peripheral neuropathy is due to poor blood flow.
- How does this apply to peripheral neuropathy? Improving blood flow lessens what is known as "ischemic" pain and helps nerves to begin to carry sensations again. Remember, sensory loss due to poor blood flow to nerves is a symptom of peripheral neuropathy.
- Why are there differences in responses? Some patients have idiopathic neuropathy which may not respond to light therapy whereas others with vascular damage (poor blood flow) often experience relief from the symptoms of neuropathy. How often is it used? Light therapy, by a licensed healthcare provider, is typically given for a minimum of two times a week for 6 weeks.
- Are IR devices FDA cleared? Yes, in our clinic we use only FDA cleared devices for reducing pain.
MicroVascular Therapy (MVT)
- Most of the possible mechanisms in the pathogenesis of neuropathy result in ischemia, and the resultant hypoxia is, in every case, a major causative agent in the degradation of axonal structure. The common response in seeking new therapeutic solutions is to search for a pharmacological agent to work on the selected mechanism to achieve an increase in neuronal blood flow and a reduction or elimination of hypoxia. MVT is a physical medicine modality addresses the problem from a different perspective: working directly and mechanically to move blood flow through neuromuscular stimulation of the venous muscle pump. In MVT, a MicroVas Vascular Treatment System generates ionic impulses which pass through the body, or its extremities, using strategically placed carbon emitter pads. The pads are positioned 180° from each other in groups of up to 8 pairs. The ionic impulses pass completely through the limb or body, creating neuromuscular stimulation of the venous muscle pump, and simultaneously up regulating the metabolic process.
Radial Pulse Wave (Shockwave) Therapy Shockwave
- RPT therapy is an extremely effective and non-invasive solution to pain associated with musculoskeletal system. It delivers a series of high-energy percussions to the area being treated. These are NOT electric shocks, but physical/mechanical pulses that will travel through the tissue being treated.
- HOW DOES IT WORK? This form of treatment, being relatively new, is still being researched. It has been in use in Europe for many years with very successful clinical results in treating various forms of musculoskeletal conditions. Although various theories exist, the following seems most probable: Shockwave delivers thousands of high energy percussions to the affected tissue in the region of treatment, typically "the painful area". These impulses are thought to cause scar tissue and calcific fibroblasts to break down and this in turn provokes metabolic activity and an inflammatory response which promotes and stimulates healing.
- WHAT ARE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS? Shockwave is believed, and has clinically shown, to have the following effects: 1. Eliminate pain 2. Facilitate healing 3. Improve local microcirculation leading to improved tissue metabolism 4. Increase production of collagen 5. Reduce local muscle tension 6. Help dissolve calcific fibroblasts 7. Stimulate the "washing away" of Substance-P (a pain producing chemical)
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- Topical Pain Relieving Cream
- Injections of Vit B12
- Proper shoes
- Surgery is an option if conservative therapy fails
On site full Vascular Lab and Vascular Surgeon consultation at Kirkland and Everett clinics.
We accept Medicare/medicaid and most insurances. Some services offered in our centers are not covered by insurances including: Laser, LED, MicroVas.
For treatment contact our foot experts at one of our kirkland, everett or renton locations.Call (425) 678-3877 or visit our contact page to get in touch
Taking care of your feet and legs is important to your overall health.Be sure to see a podiatrist at the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington located in Kirkland, Everett and Renton.