What Conditions Does Dry Needling Treat?
I often get asked, if dry needling treats (insert condition here). Dry Needling is a safe and natural way to relieve pain, improve motion, and restore function. There are many conditions that dry needling can treat. However, it is important to note that dry needling is rarely a standalone procedure. Dry Needling is part of a physical therapy approach which incorporates other forms and techniques of physical therapy treatment, such as manual therapy and corrective exercises. Think of Dry Needling as another tool a physical therapy specialist has at his disposal which can be used alongside manual therapy and corrective exercises.
Below are conditions dry needling can treat. I often get asked if certain conditions can be treated by dry needling, so this list can help answer those question. However, I strongly recommend calling me for a Free Phone Consultation to discuss whether Dry Needling is right for you.
Conditions Treated by Dry Needling?
Dry Needling, as part of a traditional physical therapy treatment, has successfully been used to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Back Pain: including lumbar degenerative disk disease, arthritic changes, and herniated discs
- Neck Pain: whiplash, headaches, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disk disease or osteoarthritis
- Dental (Teeth) and Orthodontic (Jaw and Occlusal) Pain: including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
- Shoulder Pain: including rotator cuff muscle tears, bursitis, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), tendonitis and impingement syndrome
- Elbow Pain: including lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
- Hand and Wrist Pain: including gamekeeper’s thumb, DeQuervain’s syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative joint disease, and osteoarthritis
- Hip Pain: including degenerative joint disease, and osteoarthritis
- Knee Pain: including degenerative changes or osteoarthritis
- Shin/Ankle/Foot Pain: including shin splints, metatarsalgia and Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
- Acute and Chronic Tendonitis
- Post- Surgical Pain
- Athletic and Sports-related Overuse Injuries
- Post-Traumatic Injuries, Car Accidents, Work-related Injuries
- Other Chronic Pain Conditions: including myofascial pain and myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)