Laser Therapy

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We might not always think about it, but technology is constantly changing and improving our lives in countless ways. Of course, some of the most impressive advancements always come from the field of medicine. Our medical community is constantly finding new, innovative ways to diagnose, treat, and even prevent medical problems.

A prime example of this kind of technological breakthrough—one we are proud to offer for you here at Premier Podiatry Group—is Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser treatment for foot injuries. Dr. Carlos Barra and Dr. Maureen Ratchford use our MLS laser to treat various soft tissue problems and conditions. If you have developed pain from sprains, strains, or other sources of inflammation, laser therapy might be our recommended course of treatment.

What is MLS Laser Therapy?

When our doctors recommend this form of treatment, you will probably want to know what it is and, perhaps more importantly, will it fix the problem for you.

The MLS laser is a noninvasive (no surgery!) technique for treating certain strains, sprains, and even general inflammation. Treatment capitalizes on energy produced by concentrated levels of light (lasers) to promote pain relief and soft tissue healing.

During MLS laser treatment sessions, the light energy penetrates deeply into your soft tissue and reaches damaged cells. The energy stimulates natural healing processes by speeding up cellular reproduction and growth. This advanced treatment option is particularly effective for soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons, all of which are found in great abundance in feet and are frequently affected by sports related injuries. The specific light wavelengths produced by the MLS laser initiate strong anti-inflammatory responses by the cells in these tissues, which is essential for reducing swelling and pain.

When our doctors use this advanced therapy for you, they start by outlining the area being treated, and then the laser is applied to the appropriate location in a rhythmic manner. We calibrate the MLS laser 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 result 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 difference.

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 will find that this treatment contributes to reduced frequency and muscles spasms in the area.

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What Does MLS Laser Therapy Treat?

This versatile treatment option can be used in several different manners. MLS treatment is certainly used in 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 both 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, our doctors will determine what kind of program they think is the right one, 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 is approved by the U.S. FDA), quick, and painless. 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, and are not finding appropriate relief from conservative treatment, our MLS laser may help improve your situation. Call (814) 472-2660 to reach our Ebensburg office, or connect with Premier Podiatry Group online right now and start your path to the pain relief you are seeking.