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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Becca Reisch, DPT, ACCE
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
Fitzgerald, Beth A. and Stewart, Katherine A., "The efficacy of monochromatic infared photo energy for the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy" (2006). School of Physical Therapy. 206.