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Novato/North Bay
(415) 898-9818

San Francisco
(415) 984-2700

Sacramento
(916) 452-2005

MLS Laser Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain

People often use the terms “tendon” and “ligament” interchangeably. However, these two connective tissues do very different jobs. Your tendons connect the muscles in your body to your bones. Your ligaments, on the other hand, connect your bones to other bones.

While tendons and ligaments have their differences, they do have one thing in common: It’s easy to injure them. These injuries can vary in severity and location, but they can all lead to pain and lost function. However, Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy® can help.

At Novato Foot & Ankle Center, we bring the future in pain management to our patients. One proven treatment involves MLS Laser Therapy.

Introducing MLS Laser Therapy

The FDA-cleared MLS laser system harnesses the power of light to activate the healing processes in the body. This may sound like science fiction, but the system uses certain wavelengths to trigger a specific biological reaction in your body. It’s similar to photosynthesis, in which plants gain energy on a cellular level from the sun.

When exposed to the therapeutic light from the MLS laser system, it activates a cellular process in your body that:

  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Increases blood flow
  • Promotes remodeling and tissue repair
  • Reduces swelling by improving drainage in your lymphatic system
  • Improves nerve function
  • Enhances and accelerates your body’s natural ability to heal

This therapeutic approach offers healing benefits for a wide variety of tissue damage, but it’s especially effective with tendon and ligament injuries.

MLS Laser Therapy and soft tissue injuries

Unlike other laser treatments, the MLS system provides deeper tissue penetration without side effects or risks. This makes it highly valuable for treating soft tissue injuries, including those involving your tendons or ligaments.

These thick bands of connective tissue take a beating every day, whether you realize it or not. In fact, you can sustain injuries to tendons or ligaments in various ways, even by leading a sedentary lifestyle. Other common causes of tendon and ligament injuries include:

  • Overuse
  • Trauma, such as from blows or falls
  • Twisting into awkward positions

Tendon and ligament injuries can range from irritation or inflammation to strains, sprains, or tears.

By exposing tissue damage to the therapeutic wavelengths of MLS Laser Therapy, you can stimulate activity on a cellular level. Not only can this reduce pain in the area, but it can also accelerate tissue repair to help you heal faster.

But the best part? MLS Laser Therapy takes less than 15 minutes.

What to expect from MLS Laser Therapy

Undergoing MLS Laser Therapy is quick, painless, and fast. You simply sit back and let the robotic system do the work.

During your treatment, we position the MLS laser system approximately 8 inches above your injury location. Once activated, you may notice a comfortable, relaxing sensation at the application site.

MLS Laser Therapy doesn’t require any downtime, so you can resume your normal activities immediately after your appointment. However, our team could have personalized recommendations based on your injury and its location.

Most patients see improvement within 1-3 treatments. However, our doctors could recommend up to 10 sessions or ongoing therapy, depending on your injury.

Are you recovering from a tendon or ligament injury? We can help. To learn more, call 415-898-9818 to book an appointment with Novato Foot & Ankle Center today.

MLS Laser Therapy

“MLS Laser Therapy is the wave of the future in pain management. When a physical condition or injury affects mobility or quality of life, there is one goal: A rapid return to everyday activities. We are proud to be on the forefront of advances in medical technology by offering this treatment option. We have invested in the very best technology as a key component of our continuing quest to offer you the finest in health care. MLS laser therapy has been cleared by the FDA and proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible studies conducted in our country’s finest institutions including Harvard University.”

Dr. Marino | Novato Foot & Ankle Center

How Does It Work?

MLS laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions. 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?

MLS laser therapy is a painless treatment that lasts an average of 8 minutes. You may experience a comfortable sensation at the point of application.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

Most people experience positive results in 1-3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 7-10 sessions. Swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one phase of treatments, while chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments. The effects of MLS laser therapy are cumulative; therefore expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan. It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended by your healthcare provider or symptoms are likely to recur.