By far, the most common type of neuropathy today is Diabetic Neuropathy. The Diabetic Society of Singapore states the following:
“In Singapore, 1 out of 9 people aged 18 to 69 has diabetes. That’s about 11.3% of our population or more than 400,000 people. Diabetes is the 5th most common medical condition that is diagnosed and is the 6th leading causes of death in Singapore. Diabetes is a chronic disease and, if not managed well, can deteriorate steadily to cause devastating complications such as blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure, heart disease, and limb amputation. Studies show that about half of patients already have diabetic-related complications at the time of their diagnosis.”
It is estimated that over half of the people who have diabetes have some form of neuropathy, whether they know it or not. They may not be able to recognize the signs and symptoms since they may have decreased sensation in their legs and feet. Most people who do not control their diabetes properly, over the long term, will almost inevitably get some form of diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy causes pain and inflammation in the extremities due to poor blood circulation, most commonly in the legs and feet. It can also occur in the forearms and hands but this is not as common.
Infrared Light Therapy is a powerful tool in the treatment of pain and inflammation that is associated with Diabetic Neuropathy. Infrared Light Therapy is used to decrease pain, increase circulation, decrease numbness, and increase sensation to the legs and feet. Infrared Light Therapy is used in conjunction with other medical treatments. Pain medications are most commonly used to help to manage the pain, but there are numerous side effects for long-term pain medication use. Currently, there is no non-invasive treatment for poor microcirculation.