From press reports
GT Physical Therapy recently became the first medical facility in Mississippi to have its doctors of physical therapy certified in providing a procedure called Dry Needling. With a similarity to acupuncture, dry needling is a modern Western technique used to remedy physical aches, pains, and problems that aren’t responding well to conventional care.
Dry Needling differs from acupuncture in that there is no use of the traditional Chinese Medicine concepts of moving chi or energy in order to treat disease. The modern Dry Needling practitioner uses scientific principles grounded solidly in anatomy and physiology to stimulate healing and decrease pain involving nerves, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and their attachments. Much of the focus is on targeting areas that need to be stimulated to heal, or to be relieved of pain (trigger points).
Studies attest to the success of Dry Needling especially in cases of physical pain problems that are not responding to usual care. When Dry Needling is included, patients get out of pain quicker and return to living, playing and working sooner. This procedure also helps physicians decrease the amount of medication needed to help with certain conditions – especially back pain and arthritis of the knee.
Evidence continues to mount regarding how beneficial this treatment is in treating pain, and restoring function, because it is safe, natural, saves money, and decreases the need for medication. Physicians are also looking for this type of therapy for their patients as the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommend it for certain types of back pain.
Common conditions that Dry Needling may be of benefit for are knee arthritis, chronic pain conditions, neck pain, shoulder pain, mid back pain, low back pain, hip/buttock pain, sciatica, heel pain, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel. Problems that have healed but continue to have “background” pain/ache are also good responders to Dry Needling.
With a widespread reputation for rapidly remedying some of the most difficult pain conditions, GT Physical Therapy is excited to bring this procedure to the areas it serves. As Wade Baskin, PT, DPT states, “It’s not about being first, it’s about being the best for each and every patient. We love seeing the look on peoples’ faces when they move – and there’s no pain. Adding Dry Needling has just strengthened our abilities to help more people move better, feel better, and heal faster.”
For more information, GT Physical Therapy can be reached at 662-773-3700.