Are you on pins and needles wondering about a treatment option called dry
needling? What is this procedure, and is it an option that could work for you?
Dry Needling Benefits
Trigger point dry needling (TPDN) or dry needling (DN) is a treatment option
performed by trained
physical therapists who receive a minimum of 27 continuing education hours.
The technique is performed using a “dry” needle, meaning there
is no medication (or injection) used during treatment. A thin, sterile
needle is inserted into the skin into areas of the muscle known as trigger points.
Trigger points—often referred to as knots—are taut bands of
muscle that are frequently tender to the touch and can even refer pain
to other areas. As the needle enters the trigger point, it releases the
knot. This release helps to increase range of motion and improve (or decrease) pain.
What is dry needling used to treat?
This form of treatment is often utilized for patients with:
Is dry needling painful?
Typically patients will feel some level of discomfort as well as soreness
immediately after the treatment. This is normal, and does not always occur,
but can last for a few hours into the next day. The soreness can be compared
to the feeling you experience after an intense workout at the gym. Most
patients report that the soreness is a small price to pay for the relief
they feel or the improvements in function they achieve with the treatment.
Dry needling is one of various treatment options that might be part of
your care when you see a physical therapist at Campbell County Health
Rehabilitation Services. Our compassionate and experienced staff helps each patient, in a team-oriented
atmosphere, reach their goals. Call 307.688.8000 to make an appointment, or visit
www.cchwyo.org/rehab to learn more.
Brittany Johnson, DPT, is a physical therapist who sees patients at CCH
Rehabilitation Services at 508 Stocktrail Avenue in Gillette, Wyoming.