Dry needling is one treatment our physical therapists use that is part of a larger plan of care that typically includes additional manual therapy and custom exercise programs. Every plan of care starts with an initial evaluation to determine the source of your pain. From there, our physical therapists develop a working plan of care to relieve the pain and ways to prevent injuries from reoccurring.
Trigger point dry needling is a technique we use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” thin filiform needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
The needle allows a physical therapist to specifically target tissues for a desired relieving effect.
Physical therapists use dry needling as an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, range of motion issues and other soft tissue injury rehabilitation. This technique is suitable for many patients who want to find and eliminate neuromuscular dysfunctions that lead to pain and functional deficits.
The cost of your initial evaluation and follow-up visits will depend on your insurance coverage. We are happy to call your insurance company for you to verify your physical therapy benefits. We do offer cash pay rates for patients who choose not to use their insurance.
Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation and return to desired activities.
Our certified physical therapists who perform dry needling have obtained specific postgraduate education and training.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research .
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED
Acute and chronic pain
Lower back pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome