Bellevue Neuropathy Treatment Protocol
Attain Peripheral Neuropathy Pain Relief Via LEADING EDGE State-of-the-Art Low-Level Laser Treatments
“Doctor, I can’t go on living with this peripheral neuropathy and all this excruciating foot and leg pain!” This is what we hear at the Bellevue Pain Institute every day. For years now we have been successfully helping patients reduce or even eliminate the pain and symptoms associated with the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy. We help people with the symptoms of this condition.
Isn’t it interesting that as little as 5 years ago you never heard anyone talking about neuropathy or nerve damage? Now it seems like neuropathy is all over the TV, radio and news print.
The Bellevue Pain Institute has been teaching patients about neuropathy for years and has been featured on KOMO radio, KING 5’s New Day Show, nationally syndicated Health Matters Today, many issues of the Seattle Times and in the Bellevue Reporter.
We have found that education about what you are dealing with is a key factor to your recovery.
Over the last several years we have performed over 3000 consultations and examinations. We have found that many patients had been told that there was nothing that could be done for them or they were offered orthotic shoe inserts. You may be one of those who have been prescribed one of the many pain reliever opiates or anti-seizure drugs such as Neurontin, Topamax, Lyrica or Dilantin. These drugs were developed to treat epilepsy. Or were you, like many others, given Capsaicin, a cream containing a substance found in hot peppers, a Lidocaine patch and antidepressants.
Proper diagnosis is the first step in determining if you can be helped. The difference between the large and small fiber nerve damage is paramount to that determination. Nerve conduction tests, (NCV) and/ or electromyogram (EMG) and light touch evaluations are often used to tell us about the extent of the large fiber damage. Large fibers are the nerves that control the actions of muscles and organs of your body. Sensory tests are used to reveal small fiber damage.
It Is In The Small Fiber Damage!
Small fibers are the nerves in your hands and feet that responsible for sensations and when they are damaged the results can be:
- burning pain
- pins and needles
- feeling like your feet are wrapped in bubble wrap
- or like your socks are balled up in your shoes
Pain that seems to come even from the sheets or covers on your feet at night,
- restless legs
- night pain
- difficulty walking
- balance problems
Small fiber damage tends to be worse at night so this will make it more difficult to get a full night sleep.
Michael Polydefkis, M.D., M.H.S., professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the June ‘11 issue of Brain, says that between 20-30% of all diabetics experience neuropathy, the painful tingling, burning and numbness in the hands and feet that reflects damage to the nerves and can lead to infections and amputations over time. Research has shown that the nerve cells’ long extensions, known as axons, regenerate more slowly in diabetics than non-diabetics and that the blood vessels are used by the nerve cells to grow into damaged areas.
Although no single cause has been established for the onset of peripheral neuropathy symptoms, statin drug use, diabetes, many types of chemotherapy, spinal stenosis, anti-fungal medications, auto-immune medications and heavy metal toxicity are among the list of commonalities of neuropathy sufferers.
The Bellevue Pain Institute Neuropathy Care Protocol
Using the latest in technology, we offer you the multi-disciplined approach to the neuropathy care. Plethysmography, studies the health of the peripheral blood supply to these small fiber nerves and is also an essential component to the accurate diagnosis (what’s the name for what you have) and the prognosis (the likelihood that any treatment will be helpful). Laser therapy has evolved to a point where its proper use can reduce or even eliminate the neuropathy pain and symptoms. This, when combined with specific non-surgical non-invasive relaxing reintegration and stimulation protocols, increase the function of the small fiber nerves and blood vessels allowing for the regeneration that is seen in over 90% of the cases.
Laser therapy has well established indications for improving circulation, decreasing inflammation and stimulating the functional components of the nerve cells, critical components of regenerating the plexus small fiber nerves.
Research has shown that laser therapies produce faster and more effective results than other modalities. There have been over 2500 medical research papers published about laser therapy and its accelerated healing and pain relief. The laser provides deeper penetration allowing for faster treatments.
We understand what you are going through and we understand what your family is going through. We know that if you qualify for care in our office, there is a very real chance that we can help you get your life back. There is a point in neuropathy where the damage is so extensive that even our very effective protocols will not work. If fact, if you are too far gone, we promise to tell you straight out.
It gets worse when left untreated!
Over a four year period a group of 138,420 neuropathy sufferers were observed by researchers to suffer an 800% increase in pain medication use, a 500% increase in leg and foot ulcers and a 300% increase in assistance needed to walk and climb stairs in the form of canes, walkers and wheel chairs. Earlier we discover the problem the better. We will qualify you for care through a specific process to determine which, if any, of our treatment protocols will offer you the most relief possible. We follow the ‘least invasive first’ policy.
The best part of Bellevue Pain Institute having multiple doctors from different medical specialties is that we have everything that is available in the care and treatment of neuropathy.
You may need custom bracing to assist you with walking stabilization as the fear of walking and taking dangerous falls is a very real concern for those of you with this condition. Still others, we have discovered that their neuropathy is stemming from damage in the lower spine where the bones have compressed upon the nerves or spinal cord. Non-surgical spinal decompression with deep penetration laser to heal swollen and bulging discs is critical for removing the cause of the nerve damage with these patients. Only when absolutely necessary, we can gently and specifically place medicine under the skin right at the source of the pain. We use ultrasound or motion x-ray to guide the placement of the medicine so it goes right where it is needed.
Some patients report neuropathy pain eliminated or reduced after just one treatment.
How Low Level Laser Therapy Works
Peripheral Neuropathy Pain Relief can be achieved through state-of-the-art low-level laser treatments provided exclusively in the Puget Sound Area at The Bellevue Pain Institute. Our drug-free, non-invasive, completely painless, neuropathy pain relief treatments that have been clinically proven to significantly reduce or eliminate severe neuropathy pain and inflammation.
This treatment may allow you to stop taking prescription neuropathy pain medications that often result in numerous ill side effects. Some patients report neuropathy pain eliminated or reduced after just one treatment.
Traditional treatments only treat the symptoms:
Neurologists prescribe drugs to treat the symptoms of the nerves, they may send you to a physical therapist. Physical Therapists treat the muscles and the joints but not the nerves. Chiropractors correct spinal problems that may be putting pressure on the nerves but are still not treating the actual nerves. Lasers treat the nerves stimulating nerve function, the root cause of neuropathy pain.
Contact us today to find out more about our drug-free, non-invasive, completely painless, neuropathy pain relief treatments that have been clinically proven to significantly reduce or eliminate severe neuropathy pain and inflammation.