Photobiomodulation therapy in neuroischaemic diabetic foot ulcers: a novel method of limb salvage

Maiya, Arun G and Kumar, Sampath A and Hazari, Animesh and Jadhav, Radhika and Ramachandra, L and Hande, Manjunath H and Shenoy, Rajgopal K and Maiya, Shubha G and Kalkura, Prabath and Keni, Laxmikant G (2018) Photobiomodulation therapy in neuroischaemic diabetic foot ulcers: a novel method of limb salvage. Journal of Wound Care, 27 (12). pp. 837-842. ISSN 0969-0700

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Objective: Low-level laser therapy (also known as photobiomodulation therapy, PBMT) promotes accelerated healing of iabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), thereby preventing the risk of future complications and amputation. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of PBMT, with structured, graded mobilisation and foot care, on DFU healing dynamics.Method: Patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, diabetic peripheral neuropathy and presenting with a chronic neuroischaemic DFU, were treated with PBMT using scanning and non-contact probe methods. The DFU was clinically observed and the area measured every seven days until complete healing. Neuropathic parameters were also measured. The PBMT was administered until complete closure of the DFU and patients also undertook a programme of graded mobilisation.Results: A total of 17 participants were recruited, with a mean age of 69±8 years, and a mean duration of diabetes of 13±5 years. Mean complete closure time was 26±11days. In addition, a mean reduction of the semi-quantitative vibration pressure threshold from 49±2 volts to 20±4 volts was observed in all participants.Conclusion: PBMT can be effectively used as a treatment mode for neuroischaemic DFUs in patients with type 2 diabetes. Graded mobilisation with focused foot care could improve the function of people living with type 2 diabetes with a chronic DFU.Declaration of interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare. The study is supported by the World Diabetes Foundation funded project ‘Diabetic foot care: stepping ahead’ (WDF-15/941),American Society of Laser Surgery and Medicine. The scientific paper is selected for travel grant support.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Limb salvage; Low level laser therapy; Mobilisation; Neuroischaemic foot ulcer; Offloading footwear
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Medicine
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Surgery
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2019 10:36
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2019 10:36

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