By Christian Smith, DPM 

There are multiple options for pain relief — specialist doctors, medications, injections, surgery, alternative medicine — and still, we struggle with pain. There are shockwave treatments and several types of lasers. A breakthrough approach in pain management is offered in the Mid-south called the MLS Robotic Laser exclusively at Therabeam Laser Pain Relief at 452 Perkins Ext. in East Memphis. The advantages of this laser over other treatments are that there is no risk, no pain during the treatment, no needles, no incisions, no medications, or side effects. This technology is backed by years of scientific research and clinical trials and is FDA-cleared. 

How Does it Work? 

The MLS laser is set apart from other pain lasers because it uniquely uses two differing wavelengths at once in a patented delivery system to penetrate soft tissues and bone. This reduces inflammation and pain, improves blood flow, and stimulates the body’s healing processes. The robotic head treats the painful body part and surrounding area, while the handheld wand for trigger points is like being treated with dry needling or acupuncture but without the needle. It does not generate heat and can safely be used in areas of surgical hardware. 

Who is a candidate for treatment? 

The treatment is for anyone over the age of 18 with chronic or acute pain. 

What conditions and injuries are treated by the MLS Laser at Therabeam? 

The laser is used to treat painful conditions from head to toe. Here are a few examples. 

  • Patients with arthritic joints — hips, knees, or low back disc disease. 
  • Patients with soft tissue conditions — rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, or Achilles tendonitis. 
  • Patients with nerve pain-sciatica, diabetic neuropathy, or carpal tunnel. 
  • Postoperative patients can also benefit, too. 

How many treatments to see results? 

The treatment protocols typically require 6 to 12 treatments, depending on the condition. Each treatment takes fifteen to 20 minutes. Most patients see improvement and feel significantly better in just a few treatments. Studies show an 90% improvement after completion of the treatments for most patients. 

Are there any risk factors or side effects? 

It is a completely non-invasive, drug-free, painless procedure with no side effects. There are no needles, incisions, or medications. This makes it suitable for patients to experience relief without risks and or downtime. 

Dr. Christian Smith and Dr. Mark Greenberger are the owners of Therabeam Laser Pain Relief. For more information or to book a consultation, visit or call 901.244.5100.