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Dry Needling

Dry needling is a form of skilled therapy in which filiform needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points, tendons, and ligaments, or around nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

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Ashley Hager

Kaity Kipling

Why dry needle?

  • Equivalent efficacy to trigger point injections
  • Helps to correct faulty muscle activation patterns.
  • Promotes circulation in the treatment region and other regions of the body
  • Helps increase collagen
  • Help reduce pain at the treatment site and in other areas of the body
  • Treats tendinopathy
  • Has anti-inflammatory effects

Who can be dry needled?

  • Most people can receive dry needling services.
  • An educational session including the difference between dry needling and similar treatments, benefits of dry needling intervention, and common and rare adverse events is completed at your initial session.
  • A written and verbal screening is always conducted by the physical therapist prior to any treatment to determine contraindications or relative contraindications a patient may have.

Common treatment diagnoses:

  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain and referred pain into the lower extremities
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Range of motion restriction due to soft tissue adhesions, including scaring
  • TMJ
  • Tendinitis (rotator cuff, patellar, achilles, etc.)

Is a referral necessary?

  • A referral for dry needling services is not always necessary.
  • In most cases, your physical therapist can perform an assessment and determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.
  • If the problem you are seeking care for is being overseen by a physician, communication with that physician is typically maintained.
  • If you have had surgery, your surgeon is always communicated with and a referral is routinely requested.
  • Check with your insurance company to see if a dry needling procedure is covered. Patients can also pay for dry needling at the time of service.


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