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Date of Award

5-2006

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Becca Reisch, DPT, ACCE

Abstract

Physical Therapists are being presented with an increasing number of patients
diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy (PN) and the ensuing co-morbidities.
Common complications such as impaired sensation and ulcers often lead to
decreased balance and potentially amputation, thus putting the patient at a
greater risk for falls and further complications. Research has shown correlations
between peripheral loss of sensation (PLOS) and an increase in falls, ulcers, and amputations as well as decreased balance. There has been a recent focus on monochromatic infrared energy (MIRE), a modality that can be used in treating
PN. This paper will analyze the literature and determine if current research
supports the claim that MIRE can reverse and prevent common complications of
PN.

Comments

Physical Therapists are being presented with an increasing number of patients
diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy (PN) and the ensuing co-morbidities.
Common complications such as impaired sensation and ulcers often lead to
decreased balance and potentially amputation, thus putting the patient at a
greater risk for falls and further complications. Research has shown correlations
between peripheral loss of sensation (PLOS) and an increase in falls, ulcers, and amputations as well as decreased balance. There has been a recent focus on monochromatic infrared energy (MIRE), a modality that can be used in treating
PN. This paper will analyze the literature and determine if current research
supports the claim that MIRE can reverse and prevent common complications of
PN.

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