Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy may not sound like a typical medical treatment, but it’s growing in popularity among neuromusculoskeletal healthcare providers. The word “laser” actually stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. Simply put, a laser is a concentrated beam of light.
Cold laser therapy uses low levels of light to stimulate healing without heating body tissues — rather than the high-intensity light used to coagulate or destroy tissue. Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy is the most advanced cold laser system available, effectively combating pain, inflammation, and swelling for patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
How does it work?
MLS Laser Therapy utilizes two wavelengths of light to penetrate the affected area at different levels:
- 808 nanometers: continuous laser that reduces swelling and inflammation
- 905 nanometers: pulsing laser that relieves pain in deeper tissues and nerves
When used together, these two wavelengths promote faster healing on the cellular level. This induces a multitude of physical changes that increase blood flow, improve drainage, and prevent scar tissue formation. This, in turn, helps reduce pain and inflammation for stronger nerve function and vascular activity.
What can it treat?
MLS Laser Therapy is a highly versatile treatment that achieves great results for many conditions, including:
- Joint pain
- Sprains and strains
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
- Disc injuries
- Frozen Shoulder
- Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis
Will should I expect?
Because MLS Laser Therapy is non-surgical and non-invasive, your treatment will take place in the comfort of the Blue Diamond Physical Medicine office. Your provider will place the laser robotic head over the injured area and start the machine. You can expect your sessions to last around 8 to 12 minutes. Some patients report a warm and soothing sensation, while others report feeling nothing at all.
The number of sessions needed to relieve your pain depends on the severity of your condition, but the cumulative effects typically start helping after 1 to 3 treatments. Completing your treatment regimen is critical to long-term pain relief, as symptoms are more likely to return if not fully addressed.