Waveform Electrostimulation: Can It Be Another Option For Painful Peripheral Neuropathy?
Indeed, VST waveform therapy can significantly reduce lower extremity peripheral neuropathy symptoms and seems to reverse some nerve damage. Pain, foot sensitivity, sleep cycle, balance and quality of life improved in this small patient population. One can only assume these improvements may lead to fewer ulcers, amputations and falls.
While the VST waveform showed good results immediately after therapy, the long-term impact is unknown. Of the participants in this analysis, we did see 16 out of the 40 patients again after the VST waveform study for unrelated problems. Each of the 16 patients reported no relapse of pre-treatment symptoms. The average amount of time between the end of VST therapy and the unrelated follow-up visit was about five months. We do acknowledge that there was no meaningful statistical design or analysis in this study. Further research is needed to gauge long-term results.
Peripheral neuropathy is a serious condition and its effect on the lower extremity can be devastating. Researchers need to look for treatment options that not only decrease paresthesia but reverse nerve damage, decrease life-changing outcomes and improve one’s quality of life.
In our experience, VST waveform therapy is a viable option for meeting some of these goals in treating painful peripheral neuropathy.
Dr. Abdo practices at St. Louis Foot and Ankle in St. Louis. He also practices at Christian Northeast Hospital Wound Center in St. Louis.
Dr. Walker practices at Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgery in Denton, Texas.
Dr. Steinberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Steinberg is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.