Everything You Need to Know About MLS Laser Therapy
Sierra Foot & Ankle is proud to offer some of the most cutting-edge treatments available right here at our office – and this includes MLS laser therapy!
The MLS, or Multiwave Lock System, is a highly advanced, safe, effective, and proven breakthrough in laser therapy. MLS laser therapy provides an alternative treatment for acute and chronic sufferers of painful foot conditions, like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other health issues.
Now, we know what you’re probably thinking: Lasers? For foot pain? How is that possible?
By radiating specific wavelengths of light, the laser produces a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema effect on soft tissue injuries. This helps cells repair themselves faster, reducing inflammation and providing quicker pain relief. In fact, this treatment can help patients find relief in as little as 10 minutes!
As you can see, MLS laser therapy is an encouraging option, with a vast majority of patients acknowledging positive results. But more than simply getting patients back on their feet faster, MLS laser therapy can also eliminate the need for medication, painful injections, or even surgery.
So is laser therapy right for you? Let’s find out.
How Does MLS Laser Therapy Work?
During an MLS laser therapy session, laser light is applied to the affected area. The laser is precisely calibrated to deliver light energy in a therapeutic dose, wavelength, pulse, and duration. The area to be treated is carefully outlined and MLS laser therapy is then applied in a rhythmic manner.
The dual action and precise synchronization of pulsed and continuous laser emissions work at the cellular level and strengthen the therapeutic effect. This is a huge step up from traditional laser therapy, which often provides partial treatment (at best) by reducing either inflammation or pain, but rarely both at the same time.
The MLS laser penetrates deeply into damaged tissue and stimulates cellular activity, allowing cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles to begin repairing themselves. At the same time, the laser energy also increases circulation – drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored, and pain is relieved.
But what type of conditions does MLS laser therapy treat? (We are glad you asked!)
Foot Conditions We Treat with MLS Laser Therapy
At Sierra Foot & Ankle we use laser treatment for a variety of conditions and athletic injuries. Here are just a few:
Aside from treating conditions of the lower limbs, MLS laser therapy is also a great way to increase post-surgical recovery, speed up wound healing (such as with diabetic ulcers), and stimulate bone healing as well. So if you don’t see your condition listed here, don’t worry – chances are MLS laser therapy may be beneficial for your problem, too.
How Long Is the MLS Laser Therapy Treatment?
The length of each treatment and the number of treatments needed will naturally vary depending on the patient and condition being treated.
However, most acute conditions (of less than three month’s duration) are treated with one phase of six short treatments. Most chronic conditions (greater than three month’s duration) can be successfully controlled with one phase of ten short treatments, followed by an occasional maintenance treatment.
Each treatment averages between eight to ten minutes. And once the therapy session is complete, you can simply walk right out the door and resume your normal activities – it’s that easy! There’s no need for recovery periods, and no need for anesthesia or other medications.
What About Side Effects?
There are no known side effects! MLS laser therapy is FDA-approved and extremely safe to use.
While a few patients have reported feeling a warm (not uncomfortable) sensation in the area being treated, patients usually don’t feel any negative side effects from the laser whatsoever. There is no pain, excessive heat, redness, or swelling during or after treatment.
A Recap on the Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy
All in all, MLS laser therapy is really a no-brainer if you are trying to finally get rid of foot and ankle pain. The benefits speak for themselves – MLS laser therapy:
- Is non-invasive
- Presents no side-effects
- Is completely painless
- Often provides immediate pain reduction
- Doesn’t require anesthesia or other medications
- Improves mobility and function
- Stimulates the body’s own healing ability
So if you think that MLS laser therapy is a treatment you would like to pursue, give our office a call so we can help you determine if this is the right treatment option for you. You can reach our Carson City office at (775) 783-8037 or by filling out our online contact form.