How Laser Therapy Helps with Healing
Laser therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that relies on stimulating the body’s own natural responses to benefit a patient. It does not involve drugs or invasive procedures.
In this case, MLS uses two specific wavelengths of laser energy to cause certain reactions within the site of an injury that can relieve pain, reduce swelling, and quicken recovery:
- Cellular activity (metabolism) is “kick-started,” meaning processes such as repairs are performed faster and/or more frequently.
- Blood flow to the target site is increased, providing more nutrients, growth factors, and other necessities for cells to perform their jobs. Increased blood flow can also carry away more excess fluid, helping to reduce swelling.
- Pain transmission is interfered with, resulting in increased comfort.
The best results of laser therapy are not instant. The positive effects accrue over successive laser therapy sessions – typically scheduled over several weeks – with a patient frequently experiencing better and better results over time.
Laser Therapy to Shorten Post-Surgical Recovery
MLS laser therapy can also help accelerate the healing of wounds. This can be highly important when wanting to reduce infection risks of diabetic wounds, but the same effects can benefit post-operative healing as well.
Surgical incisions, while highly controlled, are still technically a form of wound to the body. MLS laser therapy can help these wounds heal faster and more comfortably. Not only does this help reduce potential complications, but the time you need until you are cleared for increased activity could be shortened as well.
In addition to the surface incision, any internal tissues that were impacted by the surgery can also potentially benefit from pain relief and increased cellular repair as well.
Regardless of whether laser therapy or other forms of regenerative medicine are incorporated into a post-surgical recovery plan, it still remains extremely important to follow all instructions and guidelines as closely as possible. Laser therapy is not a ticket to invincibility, and it would certainly not do anyone any good for all of the progress of recovery to be undone by acts that cause infection or extra damage.
What is Your Best Path to Lasting Relief?
When you come to us for help with a foot or ankle condition, we will always take the time to thoroughly evaluate the circumstances, both through a physical examination and talking with you to better understand how your symptoms are affecting your life. Only after we have all this information in hand will we make our recommendations for a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Whether that plan includes MLS laser therapy, other methods, or even surgery, you will always have the opportunity to discuss your options with us and find answers to any questions you have. We will only start with a treatment plan when you have all the knowledge you need to comfortably move forward with it.
Don’t let foot and ankle problems impede you any longer than they need to. Call us at (937) 435-7477 to schedule an appointment at our Centerville office.