MLS Laser Therapy

Fans of Star Trek can probably picture this scene:

An officer walks into sickbay with what, to us today, would seem to be a bad injury—think broken bone, dislocated shoulder or deep gash. Ten seconds later, that injury is fully healed after a doctor waves a small handheld laser device over the injured tissue.

Well, we aren’t quite there yet. But you might be surprised to hear that, even now, doctors are using laser technology to help bring about pain relief and dramatically accelerate healing to all kinds of chronic and acute soft tissue injuries.

In fact, we use just such a device at Carmel Foot Specialists! It’s called the Multiwave Locked System, or MLS laser, and it may be just what you need to finally recover from that nagging injury—without surgery.

What Is MLS Laser Therapy?

MLS is a cutting-edge therapeutic laser system that uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions.

Low-level laser therapy has actually been in use for decades to treat pain and injury, with mixed results and trade-offs. Certain wavelengths of light and pulse rates might be better for swelling and tissue healing but not so much for pain relief, which would only come later as the tissues healed; others targeted the symptoms extremely well, but not the causes.

MLS represents the next evolution of the technology. By using not one, but two synchronized lasers at separate wavelengths, the system can deliver a powerful and immediate analgesic (pain relief), while also accelerating an anti-edema, anti-inflammatory, and pro-healing effect. In fact, by working together, the synchronized lasers can achieve a greater combined effect than either could individually.

How Does It Work?

In simple terms, light is simply one form of energy—specifically, electromagnetic energy. But not all light is the same—it has varying properties such as wavelength and frequency.

At the specific wavelengths used by the MLS system, the light energy of the lasers can actually interact with the molecules and cells of your body, up to a depth of about 5 cm (roughly 2 inches) beneath the skin.

As the laser is applied to the skin above an area of painful, inflamed tissue, it triggers photochemical, photothermal, and photomechanical effects.

In plain English? It “kick starts” your body’s natural healing and tissue repair mechanisms, while also relieving your swelling and pain.

What Kinds of Conditions Can Be Treated with MLS Laser?

Almost all forms of musculoskeletal pain can benefit from MLS laser treatment. This includes:

  • Heel pain (including plantar fasciitis)
  • Arthritis and degenerative joint conditions
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Wounds
  • Neuromas
  • Various neurological conditions
  • Post-surgical pain

MLS has an extremely high success rate, with about 85-90 percent of patients reporting significant improvement in their condition.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?

Almost anybody with chronic pain may be a candidate, as it is extremely safe and provides a wide variety of medical benefits. However, MLS may be especially effective for:

  • Athletes, workers, and other active people who want the fastest possible return from injury. MLS can help cut recovery times in half or more.
  • People with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This is one of the most revolutionary technologies available for this condition and can sometimes even reverse nerve damage.
  • People with chronic pain that hasn’t responded to traditional treatments such as physical therapy, orthotics, or new shoes. Often, MLS can help get your natural healing mechanics “over the hump” and complete the healing process. In many cases this will prevent the need for surgery.
  • People who are afraid of or uncomfortable with injections, as it is 100% non-invasive.

What Can I Expect?

Each individual session is extremely brief, averaging about 8 minutes. You should not experience any pain whatsoever. If anything, there may be a soothing, warming sensation.

Most people begin to notice positive results in as little as 1-3 weekly or biweekly sessions, with a typical full treatment course lasting from 7 to 10 sessions. However, this can vary slightly depending on factors such as the severity of the condition and whether or not it has become chronic. Pain relief tends to come first, with swelling and inflammation subsiding thereafter.

Because MLS laser accelerates healing rather than simply bringing about pain relief, the effects of treatment are cumulative and long-lasting, with results improving more and more after each session. That said, it’s critical that you complete the full treatment course as recommended by your doctor to prevent the injury from recurring.

Most people do not require further sessions once they’ve returned to full health, although certain chronic conditions may require occasional maintenance treatments.

If you are currently suffering from musculoskeletal pain or neuropathy, MLS laser therapy may be exactly what you need to finally get better. To schedule an appointment with the Carmel Foot Specialists, please call your preferred office today:

  • Myers Park: (704) 334-8682
  • South Charlotte: (704) 542-8253