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Call: 281-497-2850


Robert G. Parker, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS, PA
14441 Memorial Drive, Suite 16, Houston, TX 77079



Laser Treatment for Neuropathy

In order to relieve the pain of neuropathy, there are several different techniques that Dr. Robert Parker employs. Both non-surgical, conservative treatments and surgical procedures are used in order to prevent further nerve damage to the legs and feet. As Houston’s High Tech Podiatrist, Dr. Parker stays at the top of his field by specializing in the most up-to-date surgical procedures used in modern podiatry.

In order to make an informed decision about treating your burning, tingling feet, Dr. Parker will explain each of the treatment options listed below.

 

Nutraceuticals (a mixture of nutrition and pharmeceuticals)

In many patients with nerve pain, vitamin deficiencies are found through the use of diagnostic blood tests. The B (1, 6, and 12) vitamins and Alpha Lipoic Acid are prescribed to bring these levels back to normal. Dr. Parker also explains more about the Prescription Medications Used for Pain caused by Neuropathy.

Pharmaceuticals

In some cases, medications like Gabapentin and Lyrica are used in combination with other treatment modalities. If needed, narcotic pain medication is used to help the patient reduce their pain level in combination with other treatments.

Therapeutic Services

This typically includes a varied combination of many therapies including: Physical rehab, Neurogliding (exercises and stretching done to help free the nerve and allow it to smoothly move through the tunnels), and MLS/Cold laser therapy.

Combined Electroanalgesic Therapy

This is the new treatment that completes the circle. It is a combination of anesthetic injections and controlled waves of electric current sent through the nerves in the hopes of “rebooting” the nerve and restoring normal function. The treatments are done in the office three times a week for four weeks and are covered by most insurance plans. The patient is able to perform normal activities immediately after treatment.

Dellon Decompressions

This is a surgical procedure to release the fibrous tissue that is constricting the normal flow of the affected nerves. Often, there are multiple nerves compressed and depending on which nerves are involved, this may need to be a staged procedure. The procedures are done on an outpatient basis and sutures come out in 10-21 days depending on location of incision. Some relief is often felt immediately, but it may take 3-6 months before reaching maximum medical improvement. This treatment is frequently combined with post-operative Neurogliding and MLS laser treatments to encourage maximum nerve healing.

 

In the past, the only treatments available for this condition were oral medications. These types of treatments merely reduced pain for a time, only to have symptoms return and the condition to continue to degenerate. For this reason, a comprehensive treatment plan using several different therapies has proven much more successful.

There are many options of treatments that are used in each stage of neuropathy, including laser treatment. It is always in the best interest of the patient to start with the more conservative treatments before attempting surgery. However, Dr. Parker will need to diagnose the severity of the neuropathy damage in order to discuss treatment options with the patient.

A combination of methods may be used in each stage. Although each case and patient is different, listed below are the options typically used at each stage of the condition.

 

Mild (Stage 1)

  • Nutraceuticals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Theraputic Services
  • Combination Electroanalgesia Therapy

Moderate (Stages 2-4)

  • Nutraceuticals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Combination Electroanalgesia Therapy
  • Dellon Decompression

Severe (Stage 5)

  • Nutraceuticals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Referral to wound care specialist (if needed)
  • Dellon Decompression (prior to amputation if applicable)
  • “Last ditch efforts”

 

As soon as you feel burning, tingling, pain, or numbness in your lower extremities, it is time to make an appointment with Houston podiatrist Robert Parker. As a neuropathy specialist, he will suggest the most innovative and modern neuropathy treatments for your specific case. Do not wait until pain is severe and conservative treatments are no longer an option! Call (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment or visit our website in order to request an appointment.