LRH Has New Therapy for Those with Poor Circulation
Staff at Lakes Regional Healthcare (LRH) sees it often – people experiencing pain or slow healing due to poor circulation from conditions such as diabetes. But now they will have another way to help these patients. Through the hospital’s commitment to technology, quality care, and injury prevention, LRH now offers anodyne therapy within the Physical Therapy Department.
Anodyne therapy is a treatment for patients experiencing painful circulatory problems that interfere with their sleep, ability to walk, and do the activities they love. LRH Physical Therapist Brad Rohwer said, “Poor circulation causes people to have pain. Anodyne therapy applies infrared photo energy to the area that has poor circulation and basically opens up the blood vessels to increase blood flow, which reduces pain and promotes healing.”
According to Rohwer, anodyne therapy is also beneficial for improving sensation in the areas affected by poor circulation. He said, “We provide several therapies for people with balance problems, such as stretching, massage, and balancing exercises. We focus on treating the source of the pain. Anodyne therapy is another great resource we have now. It can help people that are at risk for falls or who have balance problems due to, say, numbness in the feet, and, in turn, can help prevent falls.”
Those interested in more information about anodyne therapy are encouraged to talk to their local family physician or call LRH’s Physical Therapy Department at 712-336-8651.