What is Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)?
A trigger point is an area in a muscle with palpable tightness that may restrict circulation and cause nerve irritation. A patient may feel a “knot” that is tender when pressure is applied, or the trigger point may reproduce pain in another area of the body. Trigger Point Dry Needing (TDN) is a physical therapy treatment for this muscular tightness that can improve flexibility, improve circulation and reduce pain.
With TDN, a thin monofilament needle is inserted through the skin and muscle into a trigger point to elicit a twitch response in the muscle. This twitch response may feel like a muscle cramp and/or may reproduce pain in another area of the body. There may be post treatment soreness that usually dissipates within 12-24 hours. The needle does not contain any medication as with other injections.
TDN can be a helpful treatment option for many conditions, such as:
- Chronic pain including neck, back, shoulder and knee pain
- Restricted range of motion or muscle stiffness
- Tension Headaches
- TMJ Disorder
- Upper and lower extremity radiating pain
- Arthritic pain
- Carpal Tunnel
For your convenience, TDN is offered at all four of our convenient locations, Raleigh, Cary, and Wakefield.