The Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser is a low-level laser — also called a cold laser — that emits laser light with specific wavelengths for deeper tissue penetration than other types of low-level lasers. It also uses multiple wavelengths at the same time to provide greater benefits when treating pain, inflammation, and swelling.
The MLS laser combines wavelengths to penetrate the skin and reach a depth of 3-4 centimeters, which is the level where soft tissues attach to bones. The light energy emitted is absorbed by molecules called chromophores that are located within your soft tissues and joints. As the light energy is absorbed, your chromophores signal a series of cellular processes.
Once activated, these cellular processes can benefit patients when recovering from an injury or chronic pain because they:
As an FDA-approved therapy, the MLS laser has fewer risks than medications and surgery and can eliminate pain and inflammation by up to 85-90%.
To determine if MLS laser therapy is right for you, your provider performs a comprehensive exam to diagnose your condition and decide which treatments address your diagnosis. Conditions that can benefit from laser therapy include:
MLS laser therapy can be combined with other treatment options to help you get out of pain faster.
Laser therapy is painless and doesn’t require special preparation, like applying a numbing cream or injecting your skin with an anesthetic solution. You’ll need to wear light-blocking glasses during your treatment, which lasts about 10 minutes, while your provider waves the handheld laser device over your skin. Generally, you won’t feel anything, though some people report a mild warming sensation.
You can return to your normal activities immediately after treatment. Multiple sessions may be recommended, depending on your diagnosis.
To find out if MLS laser therapy can help you, book a consultation online, or call Foot and Ankle Wellness Center.