MLS Laser Therapy
At Capital Podiatry Associates, we’re never satisfied with the status quo. We work hard to make sure our patients have access to the latest, most effective, evidence-backed treatment options—because we know you deserve them, and you want to be back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible!
One tool we frequently use to help our patients get superior results is the MLS laser therapy system. Incorporating laser therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan can have profoundly positive effects for patients with a wide range of conditions, including accelerated tissue healing and rapid reduction in pain and inflammation.
In particular, three key uses of laser therapy include relief from pain and injuries, treatment of neuropathy, and post-surgical healing.
What Is MLS Laser Therapy?
Short for Multiwave Locked System, MLS uses a pair of robotically synchronized lasers to trigger positive biological effects at the site of an injury.
Each laser is tuned to a specific wavelength of light that your body’s cells respond to—one primarily for an anti-inflammatory effect, and the other primarily for pain relief. By combining these effects into a single device, MLS laser is able to achieve much more dramatic results than older forms of laser therapy, while remaining completely safe to use.
The average laser therapy session takes only 15 minutes, and it’s painless, drug free, and free from any known side effects. Typically, we’ll schedule out a series of anywhere from 6-12 sessions to complete the treatment program.
Laser Therapy for Pain Relief
MLS therapy is a great choice as a primary or complementary treatment option for almost any kind of soft tissue injury—chronic or acute. This includes conditions as diverse as heel pain, ankle sprains, tendinitis, arthritis, and more.
Unlike cortisone shots or anti-inflammatory medications, laser therapy isn’t just a temporary mask for the pain. While rapid pain relief is one of its primary effects, it also triggers biological effects that accelerate or even “re-start” the healing process, such as increased vascular activity, increased cellular metabolism, and energized cellular repair processes.
This makes MLS therapy highly effective for cases of long-term chronic pain, as it can often provide injured tissues that have “given up” on the healing process the extra boost they need to finally heal—without surgery. MLS therapy is also highly favored by athletes and people who work on their feet, as it can reduce the overall recovery time from an acute injury by as much as 30-50 percent.
Laser Therapy for Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes, although there are other possible causes of the condition. As nerves in the feet start to degrade, you may notice intermittent sensations of tingling, burning, or shooting pain. Unfortunately, without treatment these symptoms tend to get increasingly severe, constant, and debilitating.
MLS laser therapy can not only help relieve nerve pain symptoms and slow further degeneration, but has even shown some promising results in terms of encouraging nerves to regenerate and heal. While nerve damage isn’t always fully reversible, MLS laser therapy is one of the most effective treatments yet developed—and for many people, it’s helped them regain sensation that they had lost and enabled them to return to activities they once enjoyed.
Laser Therapy for Post-Surgical Healing
MLS therapy is often considered as an alternative to surgery, especially for chronic injuries that haven’t healed through more traditional means.
However, in cases where surgery is necessary, MLS laser therapy can also be used to help significantly improve the recovery process. Potential benefits include reduced post-surgical pain, faster closing of the surgical wound, and lower risk of infection or other complications. Choosing MLS therapy for post-surgical recovery also usually means a reduction in your need for pain management medications as well.
Summary of MLS Laser Therapy Benefits
Why do our patients love MLS laser therapy so much?
- It’s completely painless.
- There are no known side effects.
- It’s drug free.
- It treats the causes of pain and not just the symptoms.
- It’s convenient, with appointments only lasting around 15 minutes.
- It’s FDA-approved and backed by several independent studies.
- It works. (About 90 percent of patients say they’re satisfied with the results.)
MLS laser therapy is one of the best new treatment options to come around in a long time, and it’s one option we’re very happy to be able to provide our patients.
Your Best Choice for Foot & Ankle Care in the DC Area
If your feet or ankles are in pain, you deserve the best! At Capital Podiatry Associates, we are totally dedicated to ensuring you always receive the high-quality care you need to put pain behind you and get back to your life.
To request an appointment with our team at our office in Alexandria, just give us a call at (703) 560-3773, or complete the contact form on this page.