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  • Dr Ashleigh Bhanjan

Photobiomodulation Therapy for Neuralgia

Updated: 3 days ago

Neuralgia is a type of pain that affects the nerves. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, inflammation, and compression. Trigeminal neuralgia is a specific type of neuralgia that affects the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for sensation in the face.

Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT), also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive treatment that uses light to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. PBMT has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in a variety of conditions, including neuralgia.


How does PBMT work for neuralgia?

PBMT works by increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the body's main source of energy. ATP is needed for cellular function, including the repair of damaged nerves. PBMT also reduces inflammation and pain by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers.

What are the latest reviews on the application of PBMT for neuralgia?

A recent systematic review of the literature found that PBMT is effective in reducing pain and improving quality of life in patients with neuralgia. The review included 19 studies with a total of 1,133 participants. The studies used different wavelengths of light and different treatment protocols, but all of the studies showed significant improvement in pain scores after PBMT.

The review also found that PBMT is safe and well-tolerated. There were no serious adverse events reported in any of the studies.


Where can I get PBMT for neuralgia?

PBMT is a relatively new treatment, so it may not be available at all healthcare providers.

We offer Bioflex photobiomodulation therapy at the Durban Neuro Laser Clinic, based at Life Entabeni and Busamed Gateway Private hospital.

Is PBMT safe for neuralgia?

PBMT is generally considered to be safe for neuralgia. However, there are some potential side effects, such as redness, swelling, and itching at the treatment site. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.

Is PBMT a cure for neuralgia?

PBMT is not a cure for neuralgia, but it can help to reduce pain and improve quality of life. In some cases, PBMT may be used as an alternative to surgery or medication.

Depending on the severity of the condition, and neuralgia, may require multiple therapy sessions, depending on indiviudal response to therapy.

If you are considering PBMT for neuralgia, contact us below.



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