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12/15/06 01:10
Wolfgang

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12/15/06 01:10
Wolfgang

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radio which?

Karin, just curious: where did you have radiotherapy? In the UK? You also have had it a little late, it is probably more successful in the early stage.

There are varying opinions with regard to exercises. Seem people consider them beneficial, like you do, also some Ledderhose patients report that e.g. dancing helps them to control the disease. Other patients report pain, and some papers report that streching is rather counter-productive. I guess everyone has to find out for her/himself what suits best.

Wolfgang

    12/15/06 01:16
    Bob GIlson

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    12/15/06 01:16
    Bob GIlson

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    Laser Low Intensity Laser Therapy as a non-surgical solution



    My original posting is as follows:

    Two years ago I was diagonosed for Dupuytren's in my right had. Fortunately, it was diagnosed prior to severely contracting my fingers.

    My wife is a physicaltherapist and, at that time, I was COO of Meditech International, a manufacturer of laser therpay equipment.

    I had nine laser treatments over three weeks. The lump in my hand was reduced by 90%. Most interestingly, it has not changed in the past 30 months since my last treatment.

    We used laser therapy in combination with massage. During the massage sessions, we (the massage therapist and myself) could feel the fibrous tissue seperating.

    At Meditech, Dr. Kahn, has treated several cases of Dupytren's successfully with laser. My wife was the Director of Outpatient Physical Therapy at a local hospital. They have three BioFlex systems and have successfully treated pre and post op patients with DC.

    We now operate our own clinic and I still consult at Meditech. I feel I should disclose these facts for conflict of interest reasons.

    However, given my successful experience, I feel I should pass this information along to others inflicted with DC so they may make their own decision.

    If you have Dupytren's you may wish to try Low Intensity Laser Therapy. If your finger is severely contratcted, then you will probably require surgery. If you have surgery, we would recommend that you have laser post surgery to help wound healing, reduce scarring and mitigate the chance of DC recurring.

    Depending on the nature of our condition, you may require nine to twenty treatments. The cost per treatment usually runs between $40 to $50 per 30 minute session.

    Check out the equipment and the protocol prior to receiving laser therapy. The treatment time should be 30 minutes. A five or ten minute therapy session will not accomplish anything. Also there are a number of low powered laser devices that will not be effective either. Conversely, a very high powered laser administered over a short period of time may not be very effective either. Dosimetry is very important in Laser Therapy.

    The BioFlex protocol utlizes three stages of treatment, red, infra-red and a laser probe in the final stage. This protocol seems most effective.

    For more info, check out anything by Dyson, Karu, Kahn and Enwemeka.

    Also check out www.walt.nu/ for additional information. If you have Arthritis, laser will be effective for treating that condition as well.


    The Meditech web site is www.bioflexlaser.com Clinics with the bioflex laser are listed on the website. You may e-mail info@bioflexlaser.com and your e-mails will be answered by Dr. Fred Kahn, who is a Canadian surgeon. He has practiced in Canada and California. Dr. Kahn developed the BioFlex laser 15 years ago and now runs the largest laser therapy clinic in North America in Toronto.

    I trust you find this info helpful.

    Bob

      12/15/06 01:32
      Karin

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      12/15/06 01:32
      Karin

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      radiotherapy

      Dear Wolfgang,
      I had radiotherapy in Germany, where it is apparently quite a common treatment. You are right, it is not available in the UK.
      Karin

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