Dialysis Side Effects

Dialysis is the process of removing excess water, solutes, and toxins from the blood in people whose kidneys can no longer perform these functions naturally. This is referred to as renal replacement therapy.  Patients receiving dialysis have these common complaints: decreased balance, loss of sensation, fear of falling, and decreased endurance during activities of daily living.

Potential treatments include:  Class IV laser to provide energy and decrease pain, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and vibration electric stimulation (Hivamat 200) therapy with active/resisted motion progressive exercise.