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MLS Laser Therapy

The field of medicine is always changing. The best procedure for a given condition 10 to 15 years ago might not still be the best procedure today. As a doctor, if you want to continue offering the highest quality care to your patients, you have to keep up.

That’s why we’re proud to be the only podiatry office in Kalamazoo offering a revolutionary new treatment for chronic pain, inflammation, and nerve conditions—MLS laser therapy.

We’ve seen up close how just a few brief treatment sessions can give patients struggling with sports injuries, chronic pain, and even peripheral neuropathy their lives back. We’re not joking when we say it has radically improved the quality of the care we can provide to our patients.

What Is MLS Laser Therapy and How Does It Work?

The key concept is that lasers are, essentially, focused beams of energy—and that energy can have different kinds of effects on the cells of the body, depending on the type of laser used.

The MLS laser, which is short for “multiwave locked system,” uses a pair of synchronized lasers, each set to a specific wavelength, frequency, power, pulse mode … you get the idea.

The energy from the lasers is able to penetrate deep into the tissues of the body, and stimulates a number of therapeutic effects. This includes:

  • Reduction of swelling (anti-edema).
  • Reduction of pain by temporarily blocking nerve cells (analgesic).
  • Acceleration of tissue repair and cellular growth. Because the cells have more energy, they can take on nutrients faster.
  • Improved vascular activity. New capillaries form, which further accelerates the healing process, as well as wound healing.
  • Increased metabolic activity.
  • Improved immune system function.
  • Improved nerve function.

What Conditions Can Be Treated by MLS Laser Therapy?

MLS laser therapy is effective for a wide variety of soft tissue injuries and painful inflammatory conditions, including heel pain, tendinitis, muscle strains, ankle sprains, arthritis, and more.

The rapid anti-edema, pain-relieving, and tissue repair mechanisms are highly effective, even if you’ve been suffering from chronic pain for months or years. When other conservative treatment attempts have failed, MLS laser is a great choice that frequently eliminates the need for surgery.

We also use MLS laser therapy frequently for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy. Laser reduces the size of swollen tissues pressing on the nerves, helps replenish them with needed oxygen nutrients, and can even stimulate some regrowth of nerve tissue. This has helped our patients improve pain management, reduce dependency on medications, and sometimes even regain some of their lost nerve function.

MLS laser therapy can also assist with surgical procedures by helping surgical sites heal faster and allowing you to recover and rehab sooner.

What Is the Treatment Procedure?

MLS laser therapy sessions are brief, often requiring less than 30 minutes. The procedure is completely painless and non-invasive, with no need for any medications or anesthesia. It is FDA-approved and there are no known side effects. In short, it’s very convenient and very safe!

The total number of sessions required will depend on the condition, the severity of your symptoms, and other factors. Most treatment courses consist of between 6-12 sessions. 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 and continue to improve throughout the treatment course.

Is MLS Therapy Right For Me?

If we believe you could benefit from MLS laser therapy, we will discuss it with you at your appointment and make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your care.

That said, MLS laser therapy is extremely well tolerated by virtually all patients, and can make a huge difference for most forms of chronic pain and injury.

If your quality of life is suffering because your foot pain is keeping you from the things you love to do, MLS therapy could be just what you need to be able to return to hiking, golfing, playing tennis, or running around in the yard with the little ones—whatever it is that makes you happy!

To learn more about this treatment option, or to schedule an appointment with us at Kalamazoo Podiatry, please call (269) 373-1019 today.

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