Arthritis, pulled muscles, broken bones -- what could possibly take all that pain away? A local surgeon says brand new laser technology is amazing.
Alexis Sinclair was a track and cross country champ at Andover High School in West Bloomfield. Now she is college bound, but not before getting healthy.
The MLS laser looks like a simple light, but it is brand new technology. This runner with a stress fracture and hurting hamstring was more than willing to put it to the test.
"I felt pretty immediate relief," she said.
"It works on anybody and any body part," said Dr. Ronald Lederman.
The orthopedic surgeon, one of the first doctors in the country to offer the technology, said even he is surprised by the results.
"The way it works is this energy is absorbed in the tissues and it blocks the inflammatory pathway on a cellular level, hence the ability to decrease inflammation, swelling and pain."
Research on the MLS laser isn't available yet because it is so new, but at Dr. Lederman's West Bloomfield practice he has treated 850 patients from sports injuries to arthritic painful conditions to failed surgeries. His results show 98 percent of patients have noticed dramatic improvement.
"Even when someone needs to have the surgery, what's so exciting for me as a surgeon is we can get them under this laser after surgery and they get better faster. They have less post operative pain and swelling. They're back to their activities. They're back to work."
Sinclair, who recently celebrated her 18th birthday, is preparing to start a new chapter in her life at Amherst College in Massachusetts. The toughest part is saying good-bye to her coach, who is also her mom.
"It's a lot of fun. I'm going to miss it next year. It's been a really good experience. We get along really well," she said.
Each treatment costs about $150. Minor sprains seem to get better with three treatments. More serious issues might need as many as ten. For more information, visit www.ledermanorthopedics.com.