MLS Laser Therapy
When we mention laser therapy, some patients imagine streams of flashing lights like those you’d see during a game of laser tag at the arcade. The reality is that MLS laser therapy at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine is not quite as exciting, though our patients do enjoy it.
When patients request MLS laser therapy, we treat trouble spots with a noninvasive medical device that offers quick relief. In fact, some of our patients notice reduced pain after just one or two sessions. If your pain management plan needs a boost, consider MLS laser therapy at one of our New Jersey offices.
What Is MLS Laser Therapy?
Multiwave Locked System laser therapy, commonly called MLS laser therapy, is an FDA-approved treatment for acute and chronic pain. This noninvasive pain management solution reduces swelling and inflammation with the press of a button. Improvements often occur quickly, and overall, the treatment has an efficacy rate of anywhere from 85% to 90%.
Unlike traditional laser therapy, MLS laser therapy delivers inflammation-reducing pain relief from two laser waves. These separate but simultaneous light waves stimulate your body’s natural healing response, promoting synergistic healing.
After the treated area absorbs the waves’ energy, several reactions are triggered. These reactions include:
- Increased blood flow: Your body distributes the nutrients it needs for rapid recovery through your bloodstream, including oxygen and amino acids.
- Improved circulation and lymph flow: When circulation and lymph flow are restricted, it’s difficult for your body to get the help it needs.
- Enhanced metabolism: Cells work faster when metabolism increases, which means your recovery timeline is often reduced.
All of these reactions boost the recovery process for your body, helping you heal faster than you would without MLS laser treatment. Many of our patients combine laser therapy with other treatments, such as acupuncture therapy or physical therapy, for optimal results.
What Are the Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy?
MLS laser therapy rapidly reduces pain, swelling and inflammation. Some of our patients see results after just one visit, though you may need a few sessions before you experience noticeable improvements.
During MLS laser therapy, pain signals may become blocked as your body launches its recovery response. This is good news for you, as it can reduce or even eliminate the discomfort you feel. You may also feel better as light waves improve circulation and lymph flow. This helps your body get the nutrients it needs and get rid of the ones it doesn’t.
Patients Enjoy MLS Laser Therapy
Many patients appreciate that MLS therapy is a noninvasive treatment for pain management. There’s little to no downtime, and most people describe the process as quick and painless. MLS therapy doesn’t involve a cold laser, so your skin might feel a bit warm during treatment. Please let us know if you ever feel pain or discomfort, but rest assured that lasers should not be hot enough to damage your skin.
The average session takes less than 10 minutes, and you may only need seven to 10 visits for your treatment plan. Better yet, our laser therapy may even help you prevent or postpone surgical procedures or avoid the use of prescription medication for pain relief.
What Conditions Can You Treat With MLS Laser Therapy?
Patients with a number of conditions and symptoms get great results from MLS laser therapy. We treat everything from sports injuries to arthritic pain with our multiwave lasers.
Here are some symptoms and conditions that may benefit from MLS therapy:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Neuropathy, including peripheral neuropathy
- Achilles tendinitis
- Degenerative joint issues
- Diabetic wounds
- Circulation problems
- Blocked lymph nodes
- Strains and sprains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Herniated discs
- Hip, back, neck, leg, foot or shoulder pain
- Post-surgery recovery
Even if you’re struggling with a condition not listed here, there’s a good chance we can treat it at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, either with laser therapy or one of our other innovative pain management solutions.
Are You a Good Candidate for MLS Laser Therapy?
MLS laser therapy helps enhance the recovery process for many patients at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, including those with sciatica, arthritis and neuropathy. Unfortunately, laser therapy treatments aren’t ideal for every patient.
Please let us know if any of the following describe your situation:
- You are pregnant or nursing
- You have cancer
- You have epileptic seizures or a similar condition
- You have diabetes
- You have a pacemaker, rods, screws or other hardware
Keep in mind that none of these are automatic deal-breakers for MLS laser therapy; in fact, we help many patients with diabetes. It’s just important for our team to know about any conditions you have, especially if they’re on the list above. A thorough knowledge of your health history helps us perform laser therapy in a safe, effective manner for your body.
FAQs about MLS Laser Therapy
You may have some misconceptions or questions about MLS laser therapy, and that’s completely understandable. We’re here to clear up any confusion with the FAQs below.
What happens during an MLS laser therapy appointment?
Our friendly team starts by doing a thorough consultation. This may include a physical exam, a review of digital imaging or discussions with other providers you see (with your consent).
After we pinpoint the source of your symptoms, we administer laser therapy to the afflicted location(s) using an FDA-approved medical device. We move the laser back and forth across the affected area, which sends beams of light into your body. The light waves reduce pain, swelling and inflammation by stimulating your body’s recovery response.
Does MLS laser therapy hurt?
Rarely, but please let us know if you ever experience any discomfort. The average session takes just 8 minutes, and most patients say it’s completely painless. You may feel a sensation of warmth because our lasers emit heat, but other than that, the treatment itself should barely be noticeable.
When will MLS laser therapy make me feel better?
Right away! Some patients experience pain relief after their first session, though it typically takes up to 10 visits before your condition is fully managed.
Pain often stems from inflammation, and our laser therapy reduces inflammation. That’s why patients often notice improvements quickly.
Does my insurance plan cover MLS laser therapy?
We can certainly check! Laser therapy isn’t always approved by insurance providers, but you can pay with a flexible spending account (FSA) for healthcare services. We’ll work with you to determine appropriate payment arrangements so you can receive the quality care you deserve.
Don’t see your question? Connect with us today so we can help!
Why Should You Choose NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine for MLS Laser Therapy?
The team at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine has decades of experience helping patients recover from injuries and other ailments. Our compassionate crew wants to help you feel better so you can enjoy your favorite activities without pain, whether you’re jogging through the park or playing with your puppy. We work with kids, teens and adults who need help managing pain or discomfort. Our noninvasive treatment options can help alleviate aches that keep you from doing the things you love.
Learn more about MLS laser therapy, cold laser therapy and other pain management solutions at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine by connecting with us today. Give us a call, or sent us a quick note through our convenient online form. We look forward to chatting with you!