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Willis-Knighton Physical Therapists Trained in Trigger Point Dry Needling

7/13/2012

Rob Bruce & Johanna PowellWillis-Knighton Health System physical therapists Rob Bruce, P.T., and Johanna Powell, P.T., have been trained in Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) for treatment of neuromuscular pain and functional movement deficits.

Trigger Point Dry Needling is a physical therapy modality used to treat muscular pain, tightness and spasm, which commonly follow injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. This muscular tightness and spasm causes compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. This may cause peripheral diagnoses, such as carpel tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, decreased mobility and chronic pain.

With TDN small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points. The muscles then contract and release (relax) which improves flexibility and decreases symptoms. After dry needling, clinicians typically see improved muscle length, flexibility, and a corresponding decrease in pain. TDN is most effective when it is used as an adjunct to other physical therapy techniques and treatments that specifically address a patient’s underlying muscular dysfunction.

To be evaluated for this new treatment for muscular pain, contact either of the rehabilitation clinics at the WK Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center at 212-3720 or the WK Bossier Medical Pavilion at 212-7720.

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