MLS Laser Therapy for Pain

Some of the most impressive technological advancements humans make can be found in the field of medicine. Our medical community is continually finding new, innovative ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent medical problems. 

Sunshein Podiatry Associates is committed to staying on the forefront of medical developments and technologies. A major example of this—and one we are quite proud to offer you—is the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser treatment we provide for an array of lower extremity injuries. Depending on your case, we may recommend this technology to treat the soft tissue injury causing you pain, discomfort, or impairing your ability to do your favorite activities. 

If you are experiencing painful lower extremity symptoms from sprains, strains, or other conditions that cause inflammation, laser therapy might be what you need. 

What is MLS Laser Therapy? 

When our doctors recommend this state-of-the-art treatment, you will probably want to know what it is and, perhaps more importantly, if it’s safe and able to fix the problem for you.  

The MLS laser is a non-invasive (no surgery!) technique for treating certain strains, sprains, and even general inflammation. Treatment capitalizes on energy produced by concentrated levels of light (lasers) to promote pain relief and soft tissue healing.  

During MLS laser treatment sessions, light energy penetrates deeply into your soft tissue and reaches damaged cells. The energy stimulates natural healing processes by speeding up cellular reproduction and growth. This advanced treatment option is particularly effective for soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons, all of which are found in great abundance in feet and are frequently affected by sports injuries. The specific light wavelengths produced by the MLS laser initiate strong anti-inflammatory responses by the cells in these tissues, which is essential for reducing swelling and pain. 

When our doctors use this advanced therapy, they start by outlining the area being treated, and then the laser is applied to the appropriate location in a rhythmic manner. We calibrate the MLS laser precisely to deliver energy in predetermined pulses, wavelengths, therapeutic dosages, and durations.  

The continuous laser emissions and precise synchronization continue during your session to provide an effective therapeutic effect by triggering the aforementioned cellular responses. You may not be able to physically see the MLS laser working as it quickly brings your damaged cells up to an optimal condition, but you will feel the result.

There are additional benefits to laser therapy, including improved circulation to the damaged or injured area. This further aids your natural healing processes by supplying the essential nutrients, oxygen, and water to promote cellular recovery and fully nourish the cells. Additionally, you will find that this treatment contributes to reduced frequency of muscles spasms in the area. 

What Does MLS Laser Therapy Treat?

This versatile treatment option can be used in several different manners. MLS treatment is used in managing various sources of foot and ankle pain, including pain caused by arthritis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Laser therapy is also sometimes used as an integral part of treatment plans to address sports injuries and wounds.

Both chronic and acute conditions can benefit from use of MLS. Typically, patients with chronic issues tend to experience continued improvement during the course of regular treatment sessions, particularly because the results are cumulative (they build up over time). Conversely, acute conditions are more likely to only require a singular phase of treatment. Of course, our doctors will determine what kind of program they think is the right one, and then discuss your options with you.

MLS Laser Benefits 

As if faster healing, reduced pain, and improved blood flow aren’t enough, laser therapy is also proven to be completely safe (it’s approved by the U.S. FDA), quick, and painless. Most patients who undergo a session report having no pain or other sensation during it. The average time of treatment is less than 20 minutes. Whereas some medications for certain medical conditions come with undesired side effects, there are no such known issues with MLS laser therapy. 

To recap, some of the top benefits of MLS treatment include:

Improved vascular activity. The formation of new capillaries is particularly beneficial because this speeds up your healing process, reduces scar tissue, and closes wounds more quickly, thereby reducing your risk of potential infection.

Increased metabolic activity. Not only do damaged cells receive greater quantities of nutrients, oxygen, and water from the enhanced blood circulation, they are also able to take in and use the nourishment more efficiently. 

Accelerated cellular growth and tissue repair. Cells absorb the photon energy, which results in faster growth and repair for our patients. 

Improved immune function. Laser light stimulates immunoglobulins and lymphocytes, both of which are essential components of your immune system. 

MLS Laser Testimonials

MLS laser therapy works—but you don’t have to just take our word for it. Hear what some of our patients have had to say!

My first treatment I noticed about a 50 percent decrease in my pain. By the time I finished—I believe I had six treatments—I am now able to wear any footwear. I have a minimum of 90 percent relief from any pain or neuropathy or any of the previous symptoms I had.


On Monday I dropped something on my foot. Here we are Thursday, after my third treatment. It was pretty gruesome the first day, and now I’m up and walking with almost zero pain. The inflammation was cleared quickly thanks to this machine.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is laser therapy? How does it work?

Laser therapy uses light energy to reduce pain and aid in healing tissue. Energy penetrates deeply into damaged cells, increasing their activity. Exposure to the laser can help cells within tendons, ligaments, and muscles repair themselves.  

What is MLS? How is it different than other forms of laser therapy?

MLS stands for “Multi-Wave Locked System.” It is a laser therapy technology that uses a combination of two wavelengths to produce beneficial results to areas of soft tissue injury. Whereas one direct laser wavelength acts quickly on inflammation, it is not as effective at reducing pain. The secondary wavelength of MLS, however, has a more immediate effect on pain by interfering with the neural transmission of pain to the higher brain centers. In short, one wavelength of MLS specializes in reducing inflammation, the other in reducing pain. 

What conditions does MLS Therapy treat?

Conditions we commonly treat with MLS Therapy include: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sprains, strains, arthritis, bursitis, neuromas, peripheral neuropathy, ulcers, post-surgical sites, fractures, wounds, occupational injuries, and gout. 

What are the benefits of MLS Therapy?
  • Non-invasive 
  • Painless 
  • Drug-free 
  • No known side effects 
  • Rapid relief of pain and reduction of swelling
  • Rapid improvement in blood circulation in area 
  • Quicker repair of surface injuries, including ulcers and wounds 
  • Timely healing of sprains and strains 
What can I expect during a treatment?

A single treatment lasts only a few minutes. Some patients report a warm sensation in the area under treatment, but others report feeling nothing. There is no pain, heat, swelling, or redness. 

What can I expect after treatment?

Positive results are often seen within 1-3 treatments. The average course of treatment can run from 7-10 sessions overall. Swelling is reduced and pain is rapidly relieved. Acute conditions often are resolved quickly, and chronic conditions can find long-term relief with regular treatments. The overall effects of MLS Laser Therapy build over time. That is why it is important for a full course of treatment to be run. 

How many treatments are needed for results?

The first treatment begins to yield results for many patients. Treatments are cumulative, and are often delivered on a schedule of 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks. 7-10 sessions are often conducted total. 

What advantages does MLS Therapy have over traditional low level lasers (LLLT)?

LLLTs can be attuned to reducing swelling or reducing pain, but not both effectively at the same time. MLS can achieve this via two different wavelengths that work in sync with each other. This is a patented system of synchronization that not only is engaged simultaneously, but reinforce the effects of each other. 

How was MLS Therapy made and tested?

MLS Therapy was developed and tested under strict standards of biomedical research. The patented combination of wavelengths was first tested on cellular structures within in vitro cultures. It was then tested on animals, then in clinical trials run by major health organizations. 

If you have pain in your foot and ankle, and are not finding appropriate relief from conservative treatment, our MLS laser may help improve your situation. Call (937) 435-7477 to speak with one of our friendly staff members, or connect with Sunshein Podiatry Associates online right now and start heading down the path to the pain relief you’re seeking.  


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