Interventional Pain Treatment Specialist Offers MLS Laser Therapy Alternative to Opioids

Posted: March 21, 2018, Newport News, VA

Christopher A. Dawson, MD, Interventional Pain Treatment Specialist at Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) in Newport News, Virginia, is pleased to announce his latest therapeutic modality for pain—the Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy. The MLS Laser Therapy, a Class IV Laser, synchronizes two distinct wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation and pain.

Having experienced firsthand MLS Laser Therapy’s ability to decrease pain in patients who have failed all other treatments at his prior practice in Florida, Dr. Dawson is eager to introduce the treatment to his patients in Hampton Roads.

Through the use of this therapy, Dr. Dawson has effectively treated patients with continued pain following a back or knee surgery and those with multiple medical conditions or taking anticoagulants such as Coumadin, who may not be ideal surgical candidates. The therapy also provides a minimally-invasive alternative for patients with an aversion to needles or common injection therapies such as epidurals and nerve blocks. In each of these cases, MLS Laser Therapy treatment has helped reduce pain, enhance function and decrease or eliminate the need for opioids.

“I am thrilled to provide patients of Hampton Roads an alternative to opioids and surgery with the area’s only Class IV therapeutic robotic laser–MLS Laser Therapy,” said Dr. Dawson. “In the current opioid crisis, the importance of non-invasive treatment therapies for pain cannot be stressed enough to decrease the reliance on opioids for pain management.” 

As reports on the opioid crisis continue to populate mainstream media and as education on the epidemic grows, it is becoming increasingly important to offer patients alternative treatment options. Dr. Dawson is committed to providing his patients with treatment options, such as MLS Laser Therapy, whenever possible, whether due to specific medical needs or an aversion to pain medication and invasive therapies.

MLS Laser Therapy works by transmitting light energy to damaged cells in the body and stimulating inter-cellular activity. As one wavelength of light works on the pain receptors to directly decrease pain, the other wavelength of light decreases inflammation. MLS Laser Therapy is painless, non-invasive and FDA cleared. MLS Laser TherapyPatients generally report feeling nothing more than a comfortable sensation during the procedure.

Treatment sessions range from 5-15 minutes depending on the pain condition and the individual needs of the patient. There is no downtime or restrictions following a treatment session.

Conditions treated with the MLS Laser Therapy include: back pain, neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, bursitis, sacroiliitis, knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, trochanteric bursitis, tennis/golfer’s elbow, shoulder impingement, work/sports injuries, sprains/strains and post-surgery to aide healing and rehabilitation.

Dr. Dawson is dedicated to raising awareness and educating students and the public on the considerable concerns and challenges associated with pain treatment and the current opioid epidemic. His upcoming speaking engagement for Public Health students at the College of William and Mary underscores not only the importance of educating the next generation of medical practitioners and administrator on the complexity of the issue but also the instrumental role each group will play in combating the crisis.

Anyone suffering from pain is encouraged to contact the Interventional Pain Treatment Center in Newport News at (757) 232-8844 to schedule an evaluation or learn more about MLS Laser Therapy. 

About Christopher A. Dawson, MD: Dr. Dawson is Board Certified in Interventional Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in Kinesiology and earned his medical degree from West Virginia School of Medicine.  Dr. Dawson completed his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency and his Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. He is active in the community as a board member for the William & Mary Athletics Tribe Club and Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center. Dr. Dawson is also invited to lecture regularly by the Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences at the College of William & Mary.


Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 200 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians in more than 75 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to provide superior healthcare that is responsible, physician-directed, and dedicated to keeping patients’ best interest foremost. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. 


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