Dry Needling Therapy

Patient Steve Sheriff has had back pain for decades, but dry needling therapeutic sessions at UNC REX Rehabilitation offer him immediate relief and have saved him from needing surgery.

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Dry Needling 

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
  • Fibromyalgia
  • 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.

For more information about our Outpatient Rehabilitation services:

  • Raleigh: 919-784-4696
  • Cary: 919-387-3170
  • Garner: 919-661-2482
  • Wakefield: 919-570-7746

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