Herpes Zoster (Shingles) - A Case Study
I’ve been using low level laser therapy (LLLT) in my practice for years, and have read countless articles, books, clinical case studies, and success stories. Yet every time I witness a patient benefit from LLLT, or photobiomodulation, I’m beyond excited and overjoyed with the effectiveness of these tools.
I had a patient, a 67 year old woman who I shall call Margaret, come to me last month after an outbreak of shingles (herpes zoster) on her right hip and flank. She had already suffered through the flare up and blister phase, but was now dealing with sensitive lesions all over her back and side as well as extremely painful nerve pain that wasn’t responding to Gabapentin, a commonly prescribed medication for neuropathic pain. Margaret was in so much pain, even the brush of clothing on her skin was intolerable. She had heard from a friend that low level laser therapy was good for treating shingles, so she immediately booked an appointment with us.
Low level laser therapy (LLLT), is a pain-free, non-invasive, and effective treatment modality that uses red and infrared light to improve blood circulation, decrease inflammation, and help regenerate tissue by increasing ATP production in the mitochondria of cells. After her very first treatment, Margaret noticed a reduction in pain. We had her follow our typical twice per week laser protocol and noticed improved results after each treatment. By the 4th treatment, the lesions were dramatically reduced and light touches to her side were more bearable. By her 7th treatment the lesions were nearly non-existent with only a small part of her side still slightly sensitive. Maragaret was then able to go on a camping trip with her grandkids with the confidence that she could put this shingles outbreak behind her.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with shingles, postherpetic neuralgia, or is at risk for shingles, give us a call at 604-678-8600 to schedule a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation to see if laser therapy can be beneficial for you.