When patients visit our office looking to find relief from chronic foot and ankle pain, they usually expect treatment to involve some type of therapy, and maybe even some prescribed medication. But when we bring up MLS laser therapy, patients are often surprised – and sometimes even hesitant to believe something seemingly out of a sci-fi movie can actually solve their problem.
This skepticism is usually followed by many questions:
“Lasers can get rid of foot pain?”
“Is it safe?”
“Does it really work?”
… and the answer to all of these questions is: Yes. Yes. And yes.
MLS laser therapy is extremely effective, FDA-approved and safe to use, and has helped many of our patients get rid of some of the most stubborn cases of foot and ankle pain out there – and it can do the same for you!
Intrigued? Well, let’s dive a little deeper and find out exactly how MLS laser therapy works.
Frequently Asked Questions About MLS Laser Therapy
Below are some of the most common questions patients ask about MLS laser therapy. Of course, if you still have any lingering questions after reading this blog, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will be happy to assist you.
What is MLS laser therapy?
MLS laser therapy is a revolutionary treatment that uses light energy to heal soft tissue injuries. While in the past there have been only pulsed light lasers that controlled swelling or continuous light lasers that controlled pain, MLS laser therapy provides both of these effects in one treatment.
Using very specific wavelengths of light, the laser emits a strong anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effect on tissues. This results in cells repairing themselves faster, as well as a significant decrease in pain and inflammation. These results continue to accumulate after each treatment session, with many patients feeling its positive effects after only one treatment session.
Because of this, MLS laser therapy is able to get patients back on their feet faster, and even eliminate the need for medication, painful injections, or surgery!
How does MLS laser therapy work?
First, the area to be treated is carefully outlined and the laser is precisely calibrated to deliver light in a very specific therapeutic dose, wavelength, pulse, and duration. The MLS laser system is then applied to the injured area in a rhythmic manner.
During treatment, the light energy penetrates deep into damaged cells and stimulates cellular activity. As a result, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles begin repairing themselves, promoting healing and quickly bringing cells back to an optimal condition.
MLS laser therapy also helps increase circulation. This means more oxygen and nutrients are drawn to the injured area, which also creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.
A treatment session typically takes about 8-10 minutes, and requires no downtime to recover – you can simply walk out the door and go back to your regular activities once you’re done. It’s that simple!
How many treatment sessions do I need?
The exact length of each treatment session and the number of treatments needed will naturally vary by patient and condition being treated.
However, most acute conditions can be treated with one phase of six short treatments. And most chronic conditions can be successfully controlled with one phase of 10 short treatments followed by an occasional maintenance treatment.
What conditions can be treated with MLS laser therapy?
MLS laser therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions and athletic injuries, including:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-surgical pain
- Diabetic wounds
If you don’t see your condition listed here, that certainly doesn’t mean MLS laser therapy won’t be of benefit to you. There are many other foot and ankle problems that can be treated by MLS laser therapy – and we can help you determine if this revolutionary treatment is right for you!
What are the benefits of MLS laser therapy?
Aside from the fact that MLS laser therapy helps speed up recovery, and reduce pain and inflammation, there are several other reasons to consider incorporating this therapy into your treatment plan. Here are just a few of the many benefits of MLS laser therapy:
- It’s non-invasive.
- It has no side effects.
- It is completely painless.
- It requires no anesthesia.
- It uses the body’s own healing abilities.
Is MLS laser therapy safe?
MLS laser therapy is FDA-approved, and completely safe to use. And as we’ve already mentioned, there are no known side effects – though some patients have reported feeling a warming sensation in the area being treated, there are no negative side effects associated with this treatment.
There is no pain. There is no heat. There is no redness. And there is no swelling after treatment – only cumulative symptom relief!
When Can I Start Treatment?
We know sometimes foot and ankle pain can be difficult to treat. But with advanced treatment options like MLS laser therapy, we are now able to get patients back on their feet faster than ever before. The only way to find out if MLS laser therapy is right for you, though, is to come visit our office for a better evaluation and an accurate diagnosis.
So give our Palm Desert office a call at (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment today. You can also reach us by filling out our online contact form, and a member of our staff will connect with you shortly.