An example of this—one we are quite proud to offer you—is the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser treatment we can use to treat a wide array of foot and ankle injuries.
If you have a soft tissue injury—such as sprains, strains, etc.—causing pain or taking away your ability to perform favorite activities, we may recommend this advanced technology so you can heal more quickly.
What is MLS Laser Therapy?
When we recommend this advanced medical treatment, patients typically want to know exactly what it is, if it’s safe, and if it works.
To start, laser therapy is a noninvasive (no surgery!) treatment that capitalizes on the energy of concentrated light beams—which are lasers—and uses them to promote soft tissue healing and relieve pain.
During MLS laser treatment sessions, the light energy travels through layers of tissue and is able to reach damaged cells at the site of an injury. Once there, the energy them stimulates natural healing processes – such as enhancing cellular reproduction and growth.
We have found this particular treatment option to be especially effective for quickly resolving problems in soft tissues—muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissue—all of which are found in great abundance in the lower limbs. Further, these tissues tend to be frequently injured during sports and other physical activities.
Fortunately, the specific light wavelengths produced by the MLS laser initiate strong anti-inflammatory responses by the cells in these tissues, and this is an essential measure for reducing both swelling and pain.
When we use this advanced therapy for you, we start by outlining the area being treated, and then the laser is applied to the appropriate location in a rhythmic manner. The MLS laser is calibrated precisely to deliver energy in predetermined pulses, wavelengths, therapeutic dosages, and durations.
The continuous laser emissions and precise synchronization continue during your session to provide an effective therapeutic effect by triggering the aforementioned cellular responses. You may not be able to physically see the MLS laser working as it quickly brings your damaged cells up to an optimal condition, but you will feel the result.
There are additional benefits to laser therapy, including improved circulation to the damaged or injured area. This further aids your natural healing processes by supplying the essential nutrients, oxygen, and water to promote cellular recovery and fully nourish the cells. Additionally, you may find that this treatment contributes to reduced frequency and muscles spasms in the area.
What Does MLS Laser Therapy Treat?
MLS treatment is certainly useful for managing various sources of foot and ankle pain, including pain caused by arthritis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Laser therapy is sometimes used as an integral part of treatment plans to address sports injuries and wounds.
Both chronic and acute conditions can benefit from the use of MLS.
Typically, patients with chronic issues tend to experience continued improvement during the course of regular treatment sessions, particularly because the results are cumulative (they build up over time).
Conversely, acute conditions are more likely to only require a singular phase of treatment. Of course, we will determine what kind of program we think is appropriate, and then discuss your options with you.
MLS Laser Benefits
As if faster healing, reduced pain, and improved blood flow aren’t enough, laser therapy is also proven to be completely safe (it’s approved by the U.S. FDA – the regulatory agency responsible for ensuring
Most patients who undergo a session report having no pain or other sensation during it. The average time of treatment is less than twenty minutes. Whereas some medications for certain medical conditions come with undesired side effects, there are no such known issues with MLS laser therapy.
To recap, some of the top benefits of MLS treatment include:
- Improved vascular activity. The formation of new capillaries is particularly beneficial because this speeds up your healing process, reduces scar tissue, and closes wounds more quickly, thereby reducing your risk of potential infection.
- Increased metabolic activity. Not only do damaged cells receive greater quantities of nutrients, oxygen, and water from the enhanced blood circulation, they are also able to take in and use the nourishment more efficiently.
- Accelerated cellular growth and tissue repair. Cells absorb the photon energy, which results in faster growth and repair for our patients.
- Improved immune function. Laser light stimulates immunoglobulins and lymphocytes, both of which are essential components of your immune system.
If you have pain in your foot and ankle that is taking away from your quality of life and keeping you from enjoying favorite activities, our MLS laser may be able to help improve your situation. For more information—or to request an appointment—call (414) 425-8400 to speak with one of our friendly staff members. You can also connect with Wisconsin Foot Center online right now and start heading down the path to the pain relief you’re seeking!
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