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 Advanced Pain Management Center in Portland, Oregon, Vladimir Fiks, MD, brings the future in pain management to his patients. One proven treatment involves MLS Laser Therapy, also serving the surrounding areas of Aloha, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigart & Lake Oswego.
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:
This therapeutic approach offers healing benefits for a wide variety of tissue damage, but it’s especially effective with tendon and ligament 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:
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.
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, Dr. Fiks 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 503-405-8718 or book an appointment online with Advanced Pain Management Center today.