Dry Needling

At AMPT Orthopedic and Spine Rehabilitation, we are excited to now offer Dry Needling for our clients as an adjunct to their individualized rehabilitation program.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments.   The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Our therapist here at AMPT is certified and experienced in the use of dry needling in the improvement in pain and movement dysfunction.

Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research 2 supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.

Who Can Benefit from Dry Needling?

Clients who have experienced the following injuries or who have pain may benefit from dry needling as an adjunct to their therapy program.

  • Acute/Chronic injuries
  • Headaches
  • Neck/Back pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • “Sciatica”
  • Hip/Knee pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • “Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow”
  • PFPS
  • Overuse injuries

For More Information and Resources See Below:


  1. Cummings MT, White AR. Needling therapies in the management of myofascial trigger point pain: a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001;82(7):986–992. Free Article.
  2. Kalichman L, Vulfsons S. Dry needling in the management musculoskeletal pain. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010;23(5):640–646. Free Article.
  3. Access on 4/18/2018, https://www.moveforwardpt.com/resources/detail/dry-needling-by-physical-therapist-what-you-should#.VeXk0yVVikq
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