Ever seen an episode of Star Trek where a crew member walks into sickbay with the kind of injury that would ordinarily take weeks or months of surgery, rest, and physical therapy to heal? Usually the doctor waves a tiny instrument over the painful spot for a few seconds and … that’s it! Massive flesh wounds? Closed, with no scars. Cracked ribs? Good as new. Separated shoulder? You get the idea.
Of course, in 2017, medical technology hasn’t quite gotten to 24th century standards. But in some ways we’re a lot closer than you might think! As a matter of fact, laser therapy is real technology that we’re actually using in our office to deal with chronic and painful inflammatory conditions. (Think ankle sprains, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, edema, and other sources of pain.) And while we can’t promise instant recovery times, this revolutionary technology really can have a dramatic effect on pain and healing—while remaining completely safe and painless for the patient.
The device we use in our office is called the M6 robotic MLS therapy laser (which you can read more about here, if you’re interested). We’ll spare you most of the technical details, but suffice to say it’s an incredible piece of tech! The laser emits a pair of synchronized beams of light at two different wavelengths—one designed to fight inflammation, the other to reduce pain, and when both operate together they can stimulate a dramatic healing response in the damaged tissues.
Once your cells absorb the light energy, it triggers inter-cellular activity—boosted circulation, increase immune response, cellular repair—that helps you heel faster. The particular laser we use features multi-target functioning, which allows it to treat a much larger and wider area of tissue at one time than traditional lasers. This helps it achieve better results, faster.
While the treatment doesn’t work quite as fast as the Star Trek medical lasers do, laser therapy is much more efficient and convenient than other contemporary forms of treatment. A typical session lasts less than 15 minutes, and you should start to feel significant positive results after as little as 1 to 3 sessions. A full treatment course might require 2-3 brief sessions per week, out to a total of 10 sessions or less, and you should not experience any pain, side effects, or limitations from the procedure. Quite a lot better than months and months of surgical recovery, wouldn’t you say?
For more information about this awesome treatment option, call for a consultation at Sierra Foot & Ankle in Carson City today at (888) 608-8406. Feel free to request a brochure at our next appointment, too!