Can dry needling really help knee arthritis? A recent study of 242 patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) found the inclusion of electrical dry needling into a physical therapy program was more effective for improving pain, function, and related-disability than the application of physical therapy alone in individuals with painful knee OA. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29864043
GMR is First Clinic in to introduce Dry Needling When we introduced dry needling to the state of Vermont back in 2011, we understood first hand how effective dry needling was and is for pain relief, improving motion and healing. More and more studies like this recent study, are suggesting the same results. But the general public is still following the same old guidelines of popping pills or getting injections for pain relief. Dry needling is still relatively unknown to the general public in the US.
What is dry needling? Dry needling started over 50 years ago when, Janet Travell MD, discovered she was getting similar results with her patients using injections for trigger points, with and without analgesic medicine. Hence, an injection without medicine became known as dry. Instead of a syringe, the dry needling technique uses a tiny monofilament needle, acupuncture needle. However, the technique is not acupuncture. Dry needling effectively focuses on deep direct healing stimulation to the your soft tissue structures. And actually, goes deep enough to the bony level, called periosteal needling, to stimulate a healing and pain relieving cellular response.
Sounds painful? Sometimes it can cause much soreness, and sometimes it is relatively pain-free. Each person is different. And each response is different, with most outcomes being quite positive with pain relief and better mobility. Dry needling is a quick easy technique, as well as affordable, and hopefully will be become part of the traditional american rehab process. And with much patient education, it can and hopefully will be considered prior to taking medicines, receiving injections and / or surgery.
Is it safe? Physical therapists are experts in palpation of your soft tissue structures and your human anatomy. We have more hours in training for mastering our palpation skills in order to clinical diagnose our patients than any other health care professional. We are confident and know what areas to stay away from, and what areas are very safe to palpate and perform deep tissue mobilizations. Yes, it is very safe to receive dry needling from a physical therapist who has been trained in the dry needling technique.
Will dry needling fix my arthritis? It depends on the severity of the arthritis. It will not change the degeneration. But it can change, and this recent study is just one of many studies supporting dry needling helping OA, your pain levels.
But changing my pain is just short term relief? That is not true. Pain relief often times leads to better motion, and allows the patient to tolerate an effective strengthening program, which leads to long term relief.
Still skeptical? Just look at our testimonials on our website and google. And please give us a call 802 861 6700 or email us if you have any concerns or questions about your condition. Greenmtrehab.com Best physical therapy in Burlington Vermont. 90 Main St, Burlington, VT. Green Mt Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine