Overview of dry needling therapy
Dry needling, also known as trigger point dry needling, is a technique used by physical therapists and other treatment professionals to relieve pain and other symptoms. While similar to the practice of acupuncture in some respects, there are many key differences between these forms of therapy. One of the main differences is that acupuncture is rooted in traditional medicine while dry needling was largely developed from evidence-based mainstream medicine.
To determine if this form of treatment is right for you, it is important to educate yourself as a patient and learn about the potential benefits. Take a moment to read over the following information on dry needling and don’t hesitate to reach out to the USA Spine Care Team if you have any questions or would like to learn more.
What injuries and conditions can dry needling treat?
Dry needling can help with a wide range of injuries and conditions is typically part of a larger physical therapy treatment plan that includes therapeutic exercise and manual therapy. By breaking up painful bundles of muscle tissue, or trigger points, dry needling can relax muscles, improve nerve function and increase blood flow to a problem area.
Therapists may recommend dry needling to patients who have been diagnosed with:
- Joint conditions such as arthritis
- Muscle strains
- Spine conditions
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Migraines and tension headaches
What to expect from a dry needling session
Dry needling gets its name because the technique involves the therapist carefully inserting dry needles into painful trigger points throughout the body. This means that the needles do not contain any medication and there is no injection involved.
At the beginning of a session, the patient will usually lie on his or her back or stomach, depending on the location of the trigger points. A highly trained and experienced therapist will then carefully insert thin monofilament needles directly into the trigger point. Sessions usually last about 30 minutes.
Although dry needling is generally not painful due to the extremely thin needles and careful training of therapists, patients often experience some soreness in the day or two after a session. There may also be a very small amount of bleeding in some sessions.
Dry needling cost
Treatment costs for therapies like dry needling can vary depending on the number of sessions, other treatments being performed and insurance coverage. USA Spine Care facilities accept patients with Medicare, most private health insurances, as well as workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. One of our representatives can answer any questions you have about the cost of physical therapy.
Conservative therapy at USA Spine Care
At USA Spine Care we provide a wide array of conservative therapy and surgical treatment options to treat people from all walks of life and degrees of pain. Our goal is to help you find long-term relief so you can get back to living a healthy and active lifestyle. To learn more and about how we can help, contact our caring team today.
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