PALM HARBOR, FL – People with painful “knots” in the neck, shoulders, back, or extremities can now receive a procedure known as trigger point dry needling (TDN) in Florida. Orthopedic Specialists in Palm Harbor is among the few local orthopedics practices to offer this manual technique.
Trigger point dry needling uses thin acupuncture needles to gently release trigger points – the medical term for knotted bands of muscle. It increases blood flow and restores pH balance to the treatment areas. This relieves pain and improves range of motion.
The practice of dry needling originated more than 2,000 years ago in China. It is gaining wider acceptance outside of acupuncture circles, and the State of Florida began allowing it in 2020 along with at least 35 other states and the District of Columbia.
Clara Stroud, doctor of Physical Therapy, is specially trained in this technique. She practiced it in Asheville, NC, before coming to Orthopedic Specialists.
“Since learning TDN in 2019, I’ve found it very useful in treating a wide variety of diagnoses, from shoulder impingement to piriformis syndrome, motor vehicle accident trauma, and even post-operatively with residual muscle restrictions,” says Dr. Stroud.
Trigger point dry needling is similar to trigger point injections, except without introducing medication. Most people report a mild prickling sensation as the needle is inserted just below the skin. The treatment area may twitch or cramp before releasing. Most patients achieve optimal relief of symptoms 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
Depending on the condition being treated, a patient might need one to three or more sessions to attain relief. Dr. Stroud develops individualized care plans for each patient.
“I have been more successful using dry needles versus other manual techniques due to the ability to reach deeper trigger points and because it works more quickly,” she adds. “I, myself, love TDN and want to use these skills to help people reach functional goals with less pain.”
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call Orthopedic Specialists 727-938-1935 or visit: www.palmharborortho.com.