What is Dry Needling in Physical Therapy?

Dry needling is one of the many techniques used by physical therapists to as trigger point dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy.

Trigger Points

Trigger points were discovered by neuroanato other areas.

Type of Needles Used

The stainless steel needles that therapists use for the procedure are known as thin filiform needles, which appear similar to a sharps container.

Difference Between Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that serves tore range of motion.

Is the Process Painful?

Patients typically do not feel the needle during the insertion process. However, when inserted into 30 seconds.

When is Dry Needling Used?

During physical therapy, the practitioner commonly uses a number of techniques to minimize pain, promote healing and natural movement. Needle insertion is one of these methods. This type of therapy might be used for:

Benefits of Dry Needling Physical Therapy

Therapists and patients alike report that the procedure alleviates pain and resto experience dramatic results. Others may require two or more sessions.

Dry Needling Side Effects

The after effects of the procedure vary from one person to non-existent.

Who Performs Dry Needling?

Physical therapists learn the ability and skill to perform the procedure, patients should ask the practitioner about their educational and experience background in dry needling physical therapy.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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