Pain. A truly evil four letter word. It ruins your day, prevents you from doing things, makes you not feel like yourself. Treating our patient’s pain is always the first priority. Finding innovative safe and effective ways to treat foot pain is that doctors at Bay Area Foot Care’s mission.
In the past few months the Podiatrists at Bay Area Foot Care have been successfully using MLS laser therapy to treat pain associated with acute and chronic injuries. A non-pharmacologic effective treatment for pain is something every patient should have access to. I am so thrilled and proud to offer this solution to my patients.
There are many types of lasers that use light to perform different functions. Just as sunlight helps plants to grow, Low Level Light Therapy in humans stimulates the regeneration and repair of certain cells.
The main medical applications of LLLT are reducing pain and inflammation, augmenting tissue repair and promoting regeneration of different tissues and nerves, and preventing tissue damage in situations where it is likely to occur. In the last few decades, non-ablative laser therapies have been used increasingly for the aesthetic treatment of fine wrinkles, photoaged skin and scars, a process known as photo-rejuvenation. More recently, this approach has also been used for inflammatory acne. The same anti-inflammatory principles can be applied to foot injuries.
MLS stands for Multi-wave Locked system, it is a form of light therapy that aids in the reduction of pain and swelling associated with minor, acute and chronic injuries. Cold Laser is a common name for Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT). LLLT, phototherapy or photobiomodulation all refer to the use of photons at a level that does not emit heat to alter biological activity. It is a drug free way to treat acute and chronic pain.
Research has shown that the benefits of LLLT work on the cellular level in three ways. Low Level Light Therapy enhances cell proliferation of several types of cells needed to heal injuries. Treatment with LLLT increases Oxygen concentration and reduces free radicals in injured tissue. Light therapy is also thought to activate the production of protective proteins that promote cell survival.
The process itself is painless, there is no heat felt on the skin. The effects of the cold laser are immediate and cumulative. This means you will notice an improvement with just one treatment but for a truly therapeutic level of relief each treatment will build on the improvements of the next. Treatment plans vary depending on the type of injury, a Bay Area Podiatrist can prescribe the right plan for you after a complimentary consultation.
If you are suffering from pain that has not been managed with other treatments, MLS cold laser therapy may be the answer you have been looking for.
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