Cold Laser Therapy
Podiatrist and other doctors report that MLS Laser Therapy can effectively treat pain and inflammation associated with the following conditions:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sports injuries
- Tendon & ligament injuries
- Back & joint pain
- Muscle sprains & strains
- Post-surgical swelling
- Disc disease
Clinical Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
MLS Laser Therapy is quickly becoming the standard of care in alleviating both acute and chronic pain. This patented, FDA-cleared technology has an 85% – 90% efficacy rate in relieving pain and inflammation, eliminates risk from surgery and prescription pain killers, has no negative side effects, and restores patients’ lives.
MLS Laser Therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells. It blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to the decreased inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalin from the brain and adrenal glands.
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue. Fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, MLS Laser Therapy is effective post surgically and in the treatment of open wounds and burns.
Tissue Repair Improved
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, damaged cells are repaired faster.
Nerve Function Improvement
Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection and increases the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle healing.
MLS Laser Therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system which drains swollen areas. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
Improved Vascular Activity
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilation and increases the diameter of blood vessels.
MLS Laser Therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
Less Scar Tissue
MLS Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.
Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulating immunoglobulins and lymphocytes. Laser emissions are absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. Upon exposure to the laser, the enzyme flavomononucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosinetriphosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
Primary Biological Effects
- Photochemical Effect
- Photothermal Effect
- Photomechanical Effect
Direct transfer of energy to the biological sublayers (endogenous or exogenic chromophores).
- Enzymatic activation
- Increase in ATP production
- Modulation of cellular metabolism
- Effect on pain perception threshold
Secondary Biological Effects
- Effects on Cells
- Effects on Tissue
- Systemic Effects
- Increase in ATP synthesis
- Increase in the production of RNA
- Increase in cellular proliferation
- Induction of differentiation processes
- Release of growth factors (fibroblasts) and other substances
- Increase in the production of molecules of the extracellular matrix (fibroblasts & condrocytes)
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Class 3B
These lasers use very low power, are limited to surface biostimulation, and often require many treatment sessions and long treatment times. Results are only achieved at the end of the treatment cycle, and results are limited because of the use of only one or two wavelengths that are not synchronized.
High Power (HP) Class IV
These lasers were developed with the expectation that greater power corresponded to better efficiency. On the contrary, unless suitably controlled, high power can thermally damage the treated tissue. Therefore, the majority of high power lasers cannot operate at their maximum power without causing damage.
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Class IV
MLS Laser Therapy is a patented emission system created to achieve an efficient and simultaneous effect on pain, contracture, inflammation, and edema within a short period of time. The patented control system that generates the MLS pulse synchronizes the emissions to achieve optimum results. Due to this characteristic synchronization, the various therapeutic effects not only take place at the same time, but reciprocally reinforce each other, without the risk of thermal damage.
How deep does Cold Laser Therapy Penetrate?
The depth of penetration varies due to tissue type, but it will penetrate 4-5 cm in most cases.
How Many Cold Laser Therapy Treatments do you need for results?
Results can often been seen after the first treatment. Most conditions have protocols that range from 6-10 treatments. The treatments are cumulative and are delivered 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks.
Why is Cold Laser Therapy better than traditional LLLT?
MLS Laser Therapy is able to induce strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and analgesic effects simultaneously and within a short period of time. LLLT cannot achieve these results because of the limitations of using one or two wavelengths that are not synchronized. The patented control system that generates the MLS pulse synchronizes the emissions to achieve results previously unattainable. Thanks to this characteristic synchronization, the various therapeutic effects not only take place at the same time but reciprocally reinforce each other.
Types of Nerve Pain that Can be Improved with Cold Laser
Numbness and Tingling Post-Surgery
Numbness may occur for different reasons following surgery. Numbness of the hands and feet can be very irritating, which is why it should be addressed. If you experience numbness that is unexpected and was not mentioned by your surgeon, call your doctor and let them know as it may be a sign of a serious complication following surgery.
Causes of Nerve Pain After Surgery
Anesthesia is used to prevent the pain of surgery. There are many types of anesthesia but they serve the same purpose of preventing pain. Following surgery, anesthesia can cause temporary numbness especially if a nerve block was performed. Some procedures may cause numbness for hours or up to a day. This numbness will prevent pain and will subside with time.
Being positioned on the surgical table for long periods of time can cause numbness, and the chances of this occurring are greater with longer procedures.
An injury that cuts into a nerve can lead to numbness in the area that the nerve innervates. There is always a possibility for a nerve to be cut during a surgery. Surgeons take all the precautions necessary to prevent nerve damage. Swelling after surgery may lead to impingement of the nerves. This is concerning if you are placed in a hard cast or restrictive bandage.
Surgical Nerve Damage
Your surgeon will discuss if permanent nerve damage is a potential complication of your procedure. This is something that you will need to think about when deciding to follow through with surgery.
The area around the incision is often numb after surgery and may be numb for several months following surgery. The nerves that run through the surgical site can become damaged, but the sensation often returns in a few months.