WE HAVE INTRODUCED THERAPEUTIC LASER THERAPY AS AN ADDED MODALITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR MANY TREATMENTS. THIS WILL HELP REDUCE RECOVERY TIME, MANAGE PAIN, REDUCE INFLAMMATION, INCREASE MOBILITY AND HELP SPEED RECOVERY FOR OUR PATIENTS. IT ALSO HELPS REDUCE DIABETIC NEUROPATHY.
WHAT IS LASER THERAPY? Laser therapy is the use of specific wave-lengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT? Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that usually lasts about 10 minutes per foot. Patients may experience a mild tingling or warmth, but most often they feel nothing at all.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE TREATMENT? Most patients see positive results in minutes following the procedure. A series of 6 treatments over a 2-3 week period is ideal to resolve acute pain; chronic pain may need additional treatments months or years later to maintain the analgesic effect. Each patient may have slightly different response depending on the extent of their pathology.
WHAT CONDITIONS ARE TREATED WITH LASER THERAPY? Tendon and ligament injuries, soft tissue injuries, muscle strains and tears, sore muscles and joints, degenerative joint conditions such as arthritis, neurological pain, neuromas, neuritis, general pain, pre and post surgery, non-healing wounds, ulcerations, scars, edema.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF TREATMENT? Rapid reduction of pain, decrease in swelling, improvement of local blood circulation leading to improvement of wounds and ulcers. Reduction of nerve impairment with resolution of neuritic pain.
Overview of Multiwave Locked System Laser Therapy:
Conventional laser therapy has been in use for more than 25 years. More than 3,000 scientific publications test its effectiveness and the validity of this approach. It has been demonstrated that it is not toxic and it has no side effects. Today, it is used as a monotherapy or as a complementary therapy. Until now, the challenge with Laser Therapy has been its inability to treat deep-seeded pathologies, since it is used with low to medium power. We are pleased to provide our patients with the most advanced technology available today to leverage the benefits associated with laser therapy: MLS Therapy.
MLS (Multiwave Locked System) Laser Therapy is a new modality for treating pain, inflammation and edema and for repairing superficial lesions. It was developed in order to overcome the limits of traditional Laser therapy, based on the use of diode lasers. Currently, no diode Laser is able to induce strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema and analgesic effects simultaneously and within a short period of time. Continuous Laser emissions act fast on inflammation, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and inducing fast re-absorption of fluid build-ups; however, they only have a secondary effect on pain, which is diminished after reducing the inflammatory process. Pulsed Laser emissions, on the other hand, have a practically immediate effect on pain, since they are able to induce analgesia, interfering with the very transmission of the pain impulse to the higher brain centers, but they are less effective at treating inflammation and edema. MLS therapy is able to overcome the limit imposed by selecting one of the two emission types, since it is based on the characteristic therapeutic properties of a new Laser pulse. It uses an MLS pulse, a combined synchronized emission of continuous and pulsed laser emissions with different infrared wavelengths. The patented control system generates both types of emissions which results in a synergy which reinforces the reduction of pain, edema and inflammation quickly and with lasting results.
Overall Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy:
- Extremely short treatment times (about 10 minutes per foot)
- Reduction and disappearance of pain, including nerve pain
- Strong anti-inflammatory effect
- Fast healing from strains and sprains
- Fast recover of structural integrity of damage muscles
- Fast resolution of edema
- Immediate improvement of local circulation
- Fast repair of superficial lesions i.e. ulcers
Anti-inflammation: Laser therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilatation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
Anti-Pain (Analgesic): Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less 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 encephalin from the brain and adrenal gland.
Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly, and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilatation, an increase in the diameter of blood vessels.
Increased Metabolic Activity: Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads of blood cells.
Trigger points: Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.
Improved Nerve Function: Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action. This can help reverse neuropathic pain and numbness, reduce the effects of small fiber neuropathy and reduce the neuritic pain associated with various pathology including Mortons neuroma.
Immunoregulation: Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulation of the immunoglobulin and lymphocytes. Laser therapy is absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development (fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing) in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.
Laser Therapy is offered to our patients after a thorough evaluation of their podiatric concerns. Only after a full examination will a treatment plan is recommended. We believe strongly in a multifaceted approach to reach optimum healing in minimal time. The majority of podiatric pathologies require a combination of treatments to achieve full resolution and long lasting results. During the initial evaluation period we review all possible treatments, we often test to determine whether Laser Therapy would be beneficial and then we set up for a series of treatments over 2-3 week period. For chronic pain patient will return as needed to insure lasting results.