Laser Pain Center Huntsville
What is Laser Therapy and how does it work?
Laser therapy is a therapeutic treatment that uses light energy (photons) for tissue healing and pain reduction. The light energy penetrates deeply into damaged cells and stimulates cellular activity. As a result of exposure to the laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves. Light energy enters damaged cells and stimulated inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.
What is MLS?
MLS stands for Multi-wave Lock System. This is a patented process only available on Cutting Edge Lasers. MLS is the name of the FDA approved technology that utilizes a patented combination of unique wavelengths. The two wavelengths work together to deliver superior results. One wavelength is primarily for treating inflammation the other is for pain.
How is MLS different?
Cutting Edge MLS Therapy uses multiple wavelengths with multiple duty cycles to overcome the limits of traditional Laser Therapy. Cutting Edge MLS continuous laser emissions act fast on inflammation, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and inducing fast re-absorption of fluid build-up; however, they only have a secondary effect on pain which is diminished after reducing the inflammatory process. The Cutting Edge MLS Pulsed laser emissions on the other hand, have a practically immediate effect on pain since they are able to induce analgesia by interfering with the very transmission of the pain impulse to the higher brain centers, but they are less effective at treating inflammation and edema.
What is the advantage of MLS therapy over traditional low level lasers? (LLLT)
Until now, there have been only pulsed light lasers that control swelling and continuous light lasers that control pain, but not both together. Current traditional laser therapy provides partial treatment at best by reducing inflammation or pain but never both at the same time. Cutting Edge MLS Therapy is able to induce strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and analgesic effects simultaneously and within a short period of time. LLLT cannot achieve these results because of the limitations of using one or two wavelengths that are not synchronized. The patented control system that generates the MLS pulse synchronizes the emissions to achieve results previously unattainable. Thanks to this characteristic synchronization, the various therapeutic effects not only take place at the same time but reciprocally reinforce each other.
How was MLS Therapy developed and tested?
MLS Therapy has been developed and tested following a strict course of biomedical and clinical research. The effectiveness of the combination of the emissions making up the MLS pulse was initially tested in vitro on cellular cultures, then in vivo on animals, and finally by means of controlled human clinical trials run by university medical centers world wide and major state-of-the-art health organizations treating traumatic and degenerative painful diseases.
What can I expect during a treatment?
MLS Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that lasts a few minutes. Some patients have stated they feel a comfortable warm sensation in the area being treated, while other patients usually don’t feel the laser. There is No burning, No pain, No heat, No redness or swelling during or after treatment.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Acute conditions usually subside quickly with many patients experience positive results in the first or second treatment. Swelling and edema is greatly reduced and there is rapid relief of pain. Chronic conditions take longer. Again the swelling and edema are greatly reduced and the pain becomes less and less with each treatment. This all depends on you and the severity of your condition. Results do vary. The effects of Cutting Edge MLS Laser Therapy are cumulative; therefore, expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan. It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended by your doctor or symptoms are likely to reoccur.
How many treatments are usually needed to get results?
Results can often been seen after the first treatment or two. Most chronic conditions have protocols that range from 12-24 treatments. Neuropathy and Chronic Knee pain, take 12-24 or more treatments. The treatments are cumulative and are delivered 2-3 times per week for the weeks of your care plan. With neuropathy and chronic knee pain we treat for 12 visits as a trial. If the patient is getting better after 12 visits then we recommend another round of 12 visits of care. If the patient is not getting better after 12 visits then we recommend stopping treatments. With chronic conditions one should expect some follow up treatments.
What has been your success rate with Cutting Edge MLS lasers?
Nothing works for everything and results do vary patient to patient and condition to condition. Using the Cutting Edge MLS protocols we have been getting up to +-85% success rate for acute problems and that's unheard of in medicine. Chronic problems a little less success at about +-70-75% success rate. For Neuropathy we are seeing success rates around +-70-75% range. Results seem a little better with Diabetic Neuropathy and worse with Neuropathy of unknown origin. These results are based on our observations and not a specific study. The manufacture is seeing similar results at treatment centers around the country. Again results vary. But still that great considering we're using NO Drugs or Surgery.
What are some of the contraindications for therapy lasers?
1. The MLS laser is used for symptomatic treatment, and is contraindicated where analgesia may mask progressive pathology, and should not be used where the clinician would normally avoid the use of any other analgesia in order to retain the beneficial aspects of pain.
2. Class IV lasers are potentially harmful to the retina, though accidental retinal damage is unlikely. Both patient and practitioner must wear laser safety eyewear appropriate for the NIR wavelength.
3. Do not use MLS laser therapy over a pregnant uterus. It may be used on the pregnant patient as an adjunct to the other modalities.
4. The laser should not be used over the thyroid gland.
5. It is conceivable that laser-mediated vasodilatation may worsen a hemorrhage.
6. Laser therapy is contraindicated for patients on certain drugs your doctor will discuss this with you if you are on any of these medications.
Are Cutting Edge MLS Therapy Lasers class IV lasers?
This type of laser is a State of the Art Class IV infrared cold laser with a peak power of 25 watts. Cutting Edge MLS Therapy Lasers are FDA cleared, patented via the US Patent Office and compliant with CE Quality Systems. It is the only laser with dual wavelengths that are synchronized in such a way to achieve better results with much shorter treatment times.
What wavelengths are used in the MLS therapy?
MLS therapy uses both the 808nm and 905nm wavelengths simultaneously. The 808nm wavelength is delivered using continuous emission while the 905nm wavelength is delivered using pulsed emission.
Why are two wavelengths used?
Cutting Edge MLS Therapy uses two wavelengths to overcome the limits of traditional Laser Therapy. Traditional Laser therapy does not deliver both wave lengths in a reinforcing and synchronized fashion. Continuous laser emissions act fast on inflammation, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and inducing fast re-absorption of fluid build ups; however they only have a secondary effect on pain, which is diminished after reducing the inflammatory process. Pulsed laser emissions, on the other hand, have a practically immediate effect on pain, since they are able to induce analgesia, by interfering with the very transmission of the pain impulse to the higher brain centers, but they are less effective at treating inflammation and edema.
How deep does the laser penetrate into the patient?
The laser light will penetrate up to 5 cm based on a variety of factors including skin thickness and target area. Research has shown that the effects of the light are often reverberated deeper with in the tissue to stimulate some of the effects associated with lasers at levels as deep as 10-12 cm depending on tissue type.
Are treatments covered by insurance?
So far BCBS, Medicare, and Medicaid do not cover laser treatments as they are considered experiential. Mail handlers insurance seems to cover most of the cost as does Aetna and Cigna. United Health care does not cover treatments. So it depends on your insurance and what they cover.
What kind of payments do you accept?
We of course accept cash, credit check and credit cards. We also accept Care Credit. We also have great No interest payment plans for 12 months if that will help.
What does a treatment normally cost?
Neuropathy treatments can range from $1,000 to $4,500 depending on the severity of the nerve damage and how many treatments are needed. Knee treatments normally are around $1,000 per knee and normally take 10-12 visits.