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A Combined Treatment Protocol for Patients With Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Wendy M. Ferx, MS, PT; Meredith R. Hall, DPT

FEDERAL PRACTITIONER, September 2015, 68-73

 

Study Summary

All of the 33 patients who qualified for this study (conducted at a Veterans Administration Hospital) were diagnosed with diabetes, foot pain, discomforting foot sensations and impaired balance. All patients first received 12 clinic-based treatments that included Anodyne and manual physical therapy.  Following completion of the clinic-based protocol, the study evaluated the real-life results of ongoing unsupervised home use of Anodyne therapy. Physical therapists evaluated changes in neuropathic symptoms in response to 3 and 6 months of home use of Anodyne therapy by these patients.

 

Results

Patients who received 12 clinic-based Anodyne treatments in the manner described in the study, experienced substantial foot pain relief, reduction in fall risk, reversed the loss of protective sensation and improved their functional ability.

After both 3 and 6 months of unsupervised Anodyne home use, these patients obtained continued:

  • Pain Relief
  • Improved Mobility and Balance
  • Improved Activities of Daily Living
  • Reduced Fall Risk
  • Increased Foot Sensation
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Monochromatic Infrared Photo Energy in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Tarek A. Ammar, PT, PhD
ISRN Rehabilitation, Volume 2012, Article ID 484307, 8 pages

 

Study Summary

All of the 35 patients who qualified for this study were diagnosed with diabetes, foot pain/discomforting foot sensations and impaired balance.  Half of patients received 12 treatments that included Anodyne, manual physical therapy and home exercise. The remainder received the same 12 treatments but without Anodyne.

 

Results 

Anodyne treated patients obtained better results than those who just received physical therapy and home exercises alone, including:

  • 33% more pain relief
  • 6 times the reduction in discomforting foot sensations
  • 2.5 times the improvement in balance
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