Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is Electron Nerve Stimulation Effective?

Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 09:27 AM


Question: Is the "Rebuilder," an electronic nerve stimulator, useful in treating diabetic neuropathy?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

There is no evidence that the "Rebuilder" is effective for treating diabetic neuropathy (unusual or diminished nerve function).
There is good evidence, though, that tight blood sugar management is directly correlated with reduced complications caused by the condition. Unfortunately, once the neuropathy is established, many of the changes are not reversible, but I am optimistic many can see improvement over time with aggressive glucose management.

Diabetic patients develop microvascular disease that often manifests as neuropathy, vision loss, cardiovascular, and renal disorders. The best “treatment" is prevention accomplished by aggressive glucose management and the selective use of medications (such as aspirin, statins, ace inhibitors, etc). These steps will delay the onset of many complications that are difficult to treat or reverse once they are established.

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