Electrical stimulation therapy is a form of neuropathy treatment used for pain relief and to accelerate nerve healing. The majority of patients that are determined to be good candidates for this treatment experience both immediate effects and long-lasting effects, as much as a 90% reduction in neuropathy symptoms, after undergoing a series of treatments.
This therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or in combination with other treatments, as determined by the factors that contribute to your neuropathy symptoms.
Electricity has been used to treat pain for more than 100 years. Scientific advances have shown that the right application of amplitudes and frequencies can do more than just “block” pain signals, but may actually help nerves heal. This form, which is utilized by our office, combines high and lower frequency currents that have a “bio-similar” wave form to that which the body produces in the form of action potentials along the surface of the nerve membrane. Cell metabolism is also increased and the pH of the inflamed area is normalized.
The possible positive benefits of this treatment include:
- Immediate symptom relief that lasts beyond the treatment
- Sustained symptom relief after a series of treatments
- A reduction in swelling around the nerve
- Increased cell growth
- Increased energy levels of cells; cell metabolism
- Increased oxygen and blood directly to the nerve
- Decreased inflammation
Treatment can be done in combination with the injection of a low-dose local anesthetic near the ankle, which may accelerate the results.
Treatments last between 30 to 40 minutes and usually start with two to three visits per week for maximum effectiveness, for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Over the course of treatment, the number of injections and the frequency of visits are often reduced as the patient is reevaluated for motor and sensory improvements.