Dry Needling

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Dry Needling is a procedure utilized for the treatment of pain and range of motion impairments. The technique uses a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Dry Needling at Louisiana Accident & Injury Care in West Monroe and Tallulah LA is offered as a safe and effective treatment option for those in pain.


Does dry needling hurt?

Dry needling uses very thin needles that are typically not painful. Because the needles do not contain medication, we are able to use very thin needles that are many times smaller than those used for vaccines. While some areas may be more tender than others, dry needling typically does not cause more pain than your current symptoms.

Does dry needling make you tired?

Drowsiness, tiredness, or dizziness only occurs after treatment in a small number of patients (1-3%). If this affects you, you will be advised not to drive until you feel you are at your baseline.

How effective is dry needling?

Dry needling from a clinical perspective has proven to be an extremely useful tool, most notably in patients who have long-term/chronic pain or muscle tightness that does not resolve with conventional methods. Dry needling has been shown to be effective in relieving musculoskeletal pain, muscle spasms, muscle tightness and improving joint motion.

How is dry needling different from acupuncture?

Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles and supported by research. The purpose of acupuncture is to alter the flow of energy (“Qi”) along traditional Chinese meridians for the treatment of pain and dysfunction. Dry needling has an anatomy-specific focus as needles will be inserted directly into the muscle rather than up and down the path of its energy.

How long do dry needling benefits last?

Length of relief will vary from person to person. With initial treatments, results typically last several days. With each additional treatment, the goal is that we are able to increase the window of relief with each session meaning longer relief with each additional attempt.

How long does dry needling take to work?

Although it is not uncommon to have some soreness after a dry needling session, you will often notice some improvement in your symptoms within 24-48 hours. Again, the intensity of this improvement will ideally increase with each additional session. As you adjust to the treatment, post-treatment soreness will tend to decrease and your results will often be more noticeable directly after your session.

How many dry needling sessions do I need?

The number of treatment sessions varies from patient to patient Because dry needling can have a cumulative effect if you do not notice results after the first session we typically recommend a series of treatments before deciding to pursue other options. We tend to start your dry needling plan at 1-2x/week, with the goal of increasing the length between sessions as we go along. The doctor will discuss your individualized plan of care at your first session.

How long is a dry needling session?

The length of your visit varies depending on your condition and response to care. As a general rule, dry needling sessions typically last no longer than 30 minutes.

What do you wear to a dry needling session?

Wearing loose-fitting clothes tends to be the best option when you are expecting to undergo dry needling. This will allow the doctor to access the specific muscle groups while allowing you to stay comfortable, as you are typically lying on a treatment table for 15-20 minutes. Shorts are easiest when attempting to access the muscles of the leg while loose-fitting pants can help your doctor access the muscles of the low back and hips. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum.

Is dry needling dangerous?

Dry needling is a very safe procedure with serious side effects occurring in less than 0.01% of treatments. Your doctor has undergone extensive additional training to be certified in dry needling and is an expert in minimizing the risk associated with this intervention.

What does dry needling cost?

Your physical conditions, symptoms and professional judgement of the doctor all play a part in determining the number of muscle groups and sessions you may need. You will be provided with the expected cost associated with dry needling prior to the procedure being performed. Although some major medical insurance policies pay for the dry needling procedure, many do not. Should insurance coverage not be an option, Louisiana Accident & Injury Care has affordable plans and payment terms that allow you to receive the care you need.

What type of conditions respond to dry needling?

Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of conditions to treat pain and dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. This includes but is not limited to neck pain, back pain, shoulder impingement, tendinitis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, knee pain, arthritis, shin splints, ankle pain and plantar fasciitis.

Who benefits from dry needling?

Anyone experiencing pain can benefit from dry needling. Whether you are someone who has suffered from long term pain, an athlete attempting to return to their sport, or you have suffered from motor vehicle accident injury, dry needling may be an answer to your pain and suffering.

If you have additional questions or are unsure if dry needling will benefit you, contact us at Louisiana Accident & Injury Care for more information.


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