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MLS Laser Therapy FAQs | Eagle-Summit Foot & Ankle

MLS Laser Therapy FAQs

What is MLS laser therapy?

MLS laser therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and effective treatment modality that uses high-energy, deep-penetrating laser light to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound-healing and repair of soft tissues. MLS laser therapy has been cleared by the FDA since 2009.

What does laser therapy have over other forms of treatment?

MLS laser therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are no known side effects, and it is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to, or more effective than, other forms of physical therapy.

What does treatment feel like? Does it hurt?

There is usually little-to-no sensation during the treatment; however, some patients may experience a warm sensation or tingling. There is no pain associated during the laser application.

How long does the treatment take?

The typical course of treatment is 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and whether one or both extremities are involved. Treatments are typically performed 2 to 3 times a week.

How many treatments does it take?

The number of treatments needed to achieve results depends upon the condition being treated. The typical treatment protocol is 6 to 10 visits. Some acute conditions such as sprains or strains may be treated with as few as 3 treatments, while chronic conditions such as arthritis or neuropathy may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before results are felt?

You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the first 2 or 3 treatments. For some chronic conditions it may take up to 6 visits to feel the benefits.

How do I know if MLS laser therapy is right for me?

We will evaluate your condition and perform a complete examination of your foot and ankle problem before determining if MLS laser therapy may be part of your treatment plan. Many painful foot and ankle conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis can be treated with the laser. Laser therapy can also be used as an integral part of treatment plans to address sports injuries, wounds, and post-surgical healing.

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