How Can Lasers Help Me Heal?

Lasers have revolutionized many areas of medicine, helping patients get the care they need without invasive surgery or prolonged use of medications. At Animas Foot and Ankle, we use deep-tissue lasers to help patients heal damage caused by traumatic injuries and chronic conditions. With lasers, tissues are prompted to recover and regenerate more quickly, reducing pain and other symptoms. If you’ve heard about laser therapy but you’re not sure how it works, here’s what you need to know.

What is deep-tissue laser therapy?

Deep-tissue laser therapy is pretty much what it sounds like: the use of laser energy to penetrate the deeper layers of tissue, under your skin, where healing processes take place. Laser therapy is noninvasive — there are no incisions and no scars, and there’s no need for anesthesia. 

At Animas Foot and Ankle, we use the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser to deliver the focused, targeted energy that’s necessary to reduce inflammation, relieve painful symptoms, and promote healing and tissue repair.

The MLS laser uses patented dual-wavelength technology, delivering synchronous pulses of two different wavelengths — one optimized for pain relief and one optimized for reducing inflammation. The unique delivery system enables the laser energy to reach depths of 3 cm to 4 cm, and the way the system is designed, the combination of both wavelengths can achieve better results than using each wavelength separately.

The MLS system is fully robotic, so it’s able to deliver very controlled energy. Adjustable computerized controls means your dosing will be much more accurate than with other therapeutic laser systems. And, of course, the FDA-approved technology doesn’t cause thermal damage to your skin.

How do deep-tissue lasers work?

Therapeutic lasers work in several ways to promote healing and tissue repair, and they all depend on the unique characteristics of “light energy.” Once the energy penetrates to the deeper layers of tissue, the light interacts with the cell structures in a process called photobiomodulation. This process triggers a biochemical reaction that ramps up cell metabolism and natural cell-repair processes, including the production of DNA and RNA. 

At the same time, the laser heat helps dilate the surrounding blood vessels, improving circulation in the area so inflammation and swelling are reduced. All these effects act together to relieve painful symptoms, providing long-lasting relief without the need for potentially dangerous pain medications. Plus, laser treatments are performed right in our office on an outpatient basis with no downtime afterward, so you can have a treatment and go back to your regular activities afterward. Laser therapy can be used on its own, or it can be combined with other therapies and treatments, depending on your unique needs.

What does laser treatment feel like?

Laser treatments are painless, and most patients report feeling gentle, warming sensations as the laser energy penetrates to the deeper layers of tissue. The laser energy is emitted from a special device that’s positioned about eight inches from the surface of your skin. Most treatments take no more than 10 minutes, although the exact length of your session will depend on your needs. Even a single session can relieve pain and aid in healing, but most patients find they get the most benefits from a series of treatments, typically between three and eight. 

After your laser therapy session, the healing processes and biochemical cascades initiated by the energy will persist for some time afterward, and you can continue to see a reduction in inflammation and pain for up to 24 hours after your treatment. Many patients with acute and chronic pain find immediate relief that helps them restore function and mobility after their treatment.

How can I tell if lasers can help me heal?

Laser therapy has a lot of applications in helping heal musculoskeletal injuries and tissue damage, including both acute and chronic issues. At Animas Foot and Ankle, we customize every treatment for each patient’s specific needs. Prior to treatment, we’ll perform a complete evaluation to make sure laser therapy is right for you. To learn more about deep-tissue laser therapy and how it can help you heal, book an appointment online today.

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