Dry Needling

Dry needling, provided by Broken Arrow Physical Therapy, is a skilled clinical technique used to treat a large variety of conditions. It is called “Dry” because there is no solution being injected. Dry needling is also an effective way of releasing trigger points by deactivating them.

Dry needling uses very thin mono-filament that is inserted through the skin into deeper tissues. When performing this treatment, the physical therapist is creating physiological micro-lesions within the tissue, normalizing inflammatory responses and relieving pain.

By reducing pain and inflammation and reducing excessive tension, these local changes will contribute to improved biomechanics of the body and restored function for the patient. Traditional strengthening & functional activity are then able to be completed by the patient to restore normal activity levels.

This treatment is not acupuncture. Modern dry needling is based on Western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the muscles and nervous system. This modality can only be done by trained clinicians.

What type of problems can be treated?

Muscle dysfunction can be the primary or secondary contributing factor to many neuromusculoskeletal conditions, which can include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • IT band syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck pain or headaches
  • Patellofemoral dysfunction
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Rotator cuff impingement
  • SI joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis or tendinopathy

Dry needling has been proven to be very effective in treating musculoskeletal dysfunction in conjunction with physical therapy. This treatment has been shown to be more than 80% pain free.  If you have questions please feel free to call Broken Arrow Physical Therapy to speak with one of our physical therapists or to schedule an appointment to determine if it would be an appropriate treatment for your injury or condition.

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