Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics


PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of monochromatic infrared photo energy (MIRETM) combined with physical therapy in reducing pain, improving sensation, and increasing balance in patients with peripheral neuropathy.

PATIENT(S): 272 patients, average age 69 years, were documented before and after receiving treatments at eight physical therapy clinics.

RESULTS: Neuropathic pain, diminished foot sensation, and balance impairments at baseline were present in 93% of patients. After an average of 18 treatments, neuropathic pain decreased by 38%, lower extremity sensory impairment improved by 77%, and balance deficits decreased by 73% [P 0.006 for all results].

CONCLUSIONS: Compared with the literature, preliminary findings suggest that MIRETM plus manual physical therapy improves pain, balance, and sensation symptoms in patients with peripheral neuropathy, at least temporarily.