Medical practices are always evolving – the best treatments given for a condition 20 years ago may no longer be considered as efficient today. Here at Kalamazoo Podiatry, we understand that to continue providing you and your family with quality foot care, we have to keep up with the ever-changing world of medicine.
This is especially true when it comes to chronic pain treatments. If you have chronic foot pain, you may have tried everything to find relief — from specific exercises to more invasive techniques such as injections or surgery — perhaps to no avail. Fortunately, there’s another option we offer that’s safe, effective, and non-invasive: MLS laser therapy.
Also known as the Multiwave Lock System, MLS laser therapy is revolutionizing the field of podiatry and offering patients a more advanced way to get better, faster. We are proud to be the only podiatry office in Kalamazoo offering this revolutionary treatment for chronic pain, inflammation, and nerve conditions. Keep reading this quick guide to MLS laser therapy to learn more about this revolutionary treatment option.
What is MLS Laser Therapy?
MLS laser treatment is a noninvasive, painless procedure that uses light energy to target foot pain and reduce inflammation. The MLS laser penetrates deep into skin tissue to reach areas that have damaged cells, stimulating the healing process in your body, increasing blood flow, and improving soft-tissue regeneration. The FDA-approved MLS laser has been shown to be safe and effective for treating a variety of foot conditions and injuries.
MLS laser therapy works particularly well for soft-tissue repair in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. In the feet alone, you have over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments, along with numerous nerve endings. This is why sports injuries affecting the feet can be so painful and lead to chronic pain if left untreated. With MLS laser therapy, the powerful laser light can precisely target the source of foot pain and get the healing process started.
Here’s how it works: We outline the area of treatment and determine the appropriate dosage, duration, and laser application techniques. We then apply the laser to the affected area to achieve a metabolic reaction at the cellular level, kicking off the healing process by boosting circulation and helping to increase blood flow and oxygen to the injured tissue. As if by magic, the cells work to repair the area, and healthy tissue can regrow.
Though you may not be able to physically see the MLS laser working its magic, you will definitely feel the result almost right away. The effects are cumulative and long-lasting rather than temporary, which means that many patients will begin to feel better after just one or two treatments. The total number of sessions required will depend on several factors including your specific condition and the severity of your symptoms.
Another great aspect of this procedure is the fact that sessions are quick – often requiring less than 30 minutes and completely painless and non-invasive, with no need for any medications or anesthesia. Not to mention there are no known side effects. In short, it’s very convenient and very safe!
What Conditions can be Treated?
MLS laser therapy is an excellent option for a variety of chronic and acute conditions and injuries. Acute conditions may require only one or two treatments, while chronic conditions may require a longer treatment length. Here are some of the most common conditions that respond well to MLS laser therapy:
- Pre- and post-surgical pain
- Plantar fasciitis and heel pain
- Arthritis and other degenerative joint conditions
- Injuries to soft tissues like tendons and ligaments
- Muscle tears, sprains, and strains
- Damage to nerves and immunoregulatory cells
What are the Benefits?
Beyond alleviating foot pain, MLS laser therapy offers several benefits, including:
- Faster cellular growth and repair of soft tissues as cells absorb photon energy from the laser light.
- Boosted immune system due to the stimulation of lymphocytes and immunoglobulins, which are both essential to proper immune functioning.
- Greater vascular activity due to new capillary growth, helping expedite healing. This reduces scar tissue, and closes wounds more quickly, thereby reducing your risk of potential infection.
- Heightened metabolic function as a result of increased blood circulation, which allows the cells to take in more oxygen, nutrients, and water.
Best of all, MLS laser therapy is convenient and safe, often taking the place of medications, which can cause undesirable side effects.
Does MLS Laser Therapy Really Help Me Heal Faster?
Many patients report feeling better after just one or two treatments, depending on the severity of the injury. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, requires no anesthesia or medications, and has no known side effects.
In addition to starting the healing process, MLS laser therapy can rapidly reduce swelling and pain in injured areas. It’s also known to improve the range of motion by increasing blood flow to an injured area. This is especially helpful if you’re working through an injury while trying to maintain your fitness levels or have to be on your feet for work.
Contact Us Today
If you have foot pain from soft tissue injuries like strains, sprains, or another condition that causes inflammation, MLS laser therapy may be just what you need to get back on your feet, quite literally.
We can easily determine if you could potentially benefit from MLS Laser therapy when you come to visit us at our Kalamazoo Podiatry offices. To schedule your appointment, just call us today at our Kalamazoo office at 269-373-1019 or at our Allegan office at 269-673-8757. You can also fill out our handy request form online and one of our staff will be in contact with you.