COLD LASER THERAPY COST
Initial Consult: $37.05 (full Medicare rebate)
Standard Treatment $67 (no Medicare rebate)
Treatment sessions are with qualified laser Doctors and therapists. Treatments are conducted using our medical-grade low level laser machine.
Post Herpetic Neuralgia – Shingles Treatment:
Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) refers to recurring nerve pain that occurs in the body after an outbreak of chickenpox, also known as the herpes zoster virus. This virus affects skin and nerve fibers and causes burning pain that lasts even after the typical blisters and rash of shingles are gone. For most people, the condition improves over time. While various medications can help to alleviate the pain of shingles, there is an alternative – low level laser therapy.
Low level laser therapy – offering relief from Shingles Pain
Low level laser therapy – also known as cold laser – a medical grade, painless therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to reduce inflammation, restore healthy tissue and reduce pain.
The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects of LLLT help to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from the pain of post herpetic neuralgia.
A ground-breaking therapy for accelerating healing and relieving the pain associated with Shingles, a series of treatments is usually recommended to achieve the best results.
Safe and very effective in treating pain.
Benefits of low level laser therapy as a treatment for Shingles:
- Clinically proven results
- Reduces the need for medication
- Helps to restore the normal range of motion
- Suitable for all ages
- Treatment is painless
- Relieves and potentially eliminates pain
What causes Postherpetic Neuralgia?
Postherpetic neuralgia is caused by damage or change to the nerves that feel pressure, pain, and other senses. Pain occurs when the revived HZ viruses travel down nerves to the skin.
Typical progression of PN:
- Chickenpox. The chickenpox virus remains in the body until the person dies. As the person ages or his or her immune system is suppressed from medications or chemotherapy, the virus can reactivate
- When the virus reactivates (shingles), it disrupts the nerve’s proper functioning. The faulty nerve becomes confused and starts sending random and uncontrolled pain signals to the brain
- The patient feels these signals as throbbing, burning pain
Symptoms of Postherpetic Neuralgia
Pain is the main symptom of postherpetic neuralgia. Pain is described as sharp, burning, deep, jabbing, and aching. Sometimes, the pain is increased due to light touches in the area. The symptoms are generally limited to the area where the outbreak occurred. Most commonly it is around the trunk, and on one side of the body.
- Pain can last 3 months or longer even after the rash from the shingles has healed.
- Sharp, deep, burning, jabbing pain.
- Sensitivity to light touch even when clothing touches the affected skin (allodynia).
- Itching and numbness, although not as common.
How is postherpetic neuralgia treated?
Many people with the condition make a full recovery within a year. But, sometimes nerves don’t heal completely and therefore symptoms may last for several years. Medications are needed to ease the symptoms. Since post-herpetic neuralgia usually does not respond to regular painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol, alternative medicines are prescribed.
Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional treatments for shingles pain – post herpetic neuralgia.
Used on its own or in combination with traditional treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating pain.
Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option for shingles pain.
Why not try laser therapy for relief from the pain of Post Herpetic Neuralgia. We welcome you to book a session or speak to our laser team for advice.