For over 20 years, dry needling has been an accepted part of physical therapy practice internationally. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) reports that research supports the use of dry needling to improve pain, reduce muscle tension, and facilitate speedier rehabilitation. After treatment, the patient experiences a decrease in pain symptoms, greater ease of movement, functional strength gains, and ultimately a more successful return to their prior level of function.
Some FAQs about FDN
- FDN is an effective tool for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain
- FDN is a safe modality with very few side effects
- Results are typically apparent in 2-4 treatment sessions
- It is included as part of your normal physical therapy sessions and your insurance benefits apply.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FDN AND ACUPUNCTURE
-Acupuncture is a treatment based on eastern medical diagnosis requiring training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
-DN is a treatment that follows a western medicine approach to treat the neuro-musculoskeletal systems based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction and other orthopedic signs and symptoms.
-Our physical therapists, in addition to years of physical therapy training, have completed extensive training in DN theory and application, including needle safety, indications and contraindications.
Physical therapists using dry needling do not, and cannot, claim to practice acupuncture.
CONDITIONS THAT CAN BE TREATED WITH DN:
DN is an effective tool for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain. Many conditions and diagnoses can be treated including all tendinopathies, (tendon diseases), low back pain, ‘sciatica' (pain down the sciatic nerve distribution), head aches, whiplash, shoulder strains, TMJ (temporomandibular joint), plantar fasciitis, shin splints, runner’s knee, and acute muscle strains.
Our therapists have gone through extensive training in the theory and application of this technique including needle safety, indications and contraindications. We would be happy to provide you with the latest research studies on the topic.
Thank you for placing your trust in us. We strive to offer the most current, effective, evidence based interventions that are available.