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  • Javin Sterner, PT

Dry Needling in Mooresville

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

Interested in learning more about what Dry Needling is? Have you exhausted all other conservative treatments to address your pain? You may have already been to a Physical Therapist in Mooresville or surrounding area, a chiropractor, orthopedic specialist or other healthcare specialty to find help for your symptoms. Most of my patients have already tried injections, medications and even surgery without relief.

I have been using Dry Needling for several years at my Mooresville, NC clinic, and I must say I am amazed everyday. The results I am able to achieve with my patients is beyond anything I could have ever imagined going into my career as a Physical Therapist in the Mooresville, NC and Lake Norman area. Countless patients have come through my door, exhausted and at wits end with symptoms they have suffered with for months and even years. Many were told the only 'fix' would be surgery.

Rotator cuff tears causing shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, hip pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis and bulging disc in low back or neck are just a few of the complaints I hear on a regular basis and help to completely resolve these symptoms. Most of my patients come to me before going to any other healthcare provider, because they have seen the benefits Dry Needling and other interventions I use to eliminate their symptoms, without surgery or other dangerous medications.

Previous to offering Dry Needling at my clinic in Mooresville, I had used effective manual therapy techniques to resolve symptoms and progressed patients with individualized exercises to ensure life long relief. Dry Needling has given me the ability to achieve better results in significantly less time. The ability to eliminate pain and address the areas of weakness in almost half the time of traditional treatment techniques gets my patients back to their normal activities faster and saves them a lot of time and money.

*Notice picture on left demonstrates a significant dropping of the runners pelvis to the left side. This indicates a weakness of her right gluteal muscles. The picture on the right demonstrates the immediate improvements in muscular function after Dry Needling was performed to her right gluteal muscles.

What Do You Need to Know About Dry Needling...

1. Dry Needling has been around for over a decade and has gained tremendous popularity over the past 3-5 years. It has become one of the most effective treatments in the world of Physical Therapy. For my practice, I would say it is the most effect treatment strategy for the majority of my patients.

2. The continued advancements in Dry Needling has lead to many different methods, some of which are more effective than others. You don't need to know the various types of Dry Needling or the methodology behind why each proposes to work better.

What you do need to know is...just because you may have tried Dry Needling from other practitioners without success, does not mean it will not work for you. I have seen many patients that have been treated with Dry Needling from other Physical Therapists in Mooresville, NC without relief. The common reason I believe for the unsuccessful outcomes is the lack of a true knowledge of human anatomy and the muscular pain referral patterns used to effectively administer the treatment.

3. The primary benefit of Dry Needling is desensitization of hypersensitive muscular tissue, restore joint motion and function and in theory to induce a healing response to the tissue. For skilled Physical Therapists, Dry Needling provides an extremely effective way to reduce pain quickly and restore normal joint function to a pre-injury state.

4. Dry Needling is in no way related to Acupuncture. Dry Needling is used to treat your neuromuscular system and is based on pain referral patterns, muscular dysfunction and orthopedic symptoms after a full physical assessment and examination. Acupuncture treatment focuses on balancing the flow of energy or 'Life Force' that is believed to flow through meridians or pathways in your body.

5. If you are a skeptic about calling to schedule an appointment for Dry Needling, ask yourself why renowned athletes all over the world are utilizing Dry Needling for pain and dysfunction. It truly is going to become the gold standard in soft tissue and neuromuscular treatments.

How About a Little History on Dry Needling?

In the 1940's, Dr. Janet Travell, used 'wet needling' to identify and reduce muscular trigger points and associated pain referral patterns. She later discovered that 'Dry Needling' offered the same benefit. Dr. Travell and Dr. David Simon identified the majority of the trigger points in the human body and thus established the first generation of modern day Dry Needling.

Wet Needling is described as the injection of a supplement or medication into the body using a hypodermic needle. Dry Needling utilizes a thin monofilament needle that is inserted into muscular trigger points to reduce muscular spasm, pain and increase flexibility and function.

In the United States, the healthcare professionals using Dry Needling are Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors, Osteopaths, Naturopaths and Acupuncturists. Since Dry Needling is relatively new, compared to other treatment techniques, the ability to use Dry Needling is limited depending on the professional degree of choice and the State you live in. If you are reading this and live outside of North Carolina, take a look at your State's Scope of Practice for Physical Therapists by clicking here.

For those of you in the Mooresville, NC area, who are looking to experience the incredible benefits of Dry Needling, click here to see what you can expect.

Benefits of Dry of Needling

Musculoskeletal diseases affect the lives of more than 50% of people age 18 ad older, and almost 75% of those over the age of 65. Traumatic injury, low back pain and arthritis are among the top three musculoskeletal conditions in the United States. This growing number, along with many others suffering from pain and dysfunction in other areas of the body, has resulted in millions people searching for skilled manual therapists with training in effective modalities, like Dry Needling, to fix their pain fast.

The main goal of Dry Needling is to desensitize hypersensitive tissues, to restore joint mobility and function. The outcomes of Dry Needling are not limited to just a few musculoskeletal conditions, but can provide phenomenal results with almost any condition. Chronic or acute pain in any area of the body can be caused by hypersensitive tissues and would greatly benefit from Dry Needling conditions.

My favorite story to share about the benefits of Dry Needling I have seen when working with my patients in Mooresville, NC.

40 year old man came into my Physical Therapy Clinic in Mooresville with complaints of 20+ year history of significant low back pain and limited range of motion. This patient reported falling 80 feet while rock climbing, he spent a year in the hospital while his multiple spinal fractures healed. He was told his lumbar spine fused itself during the healing process and he would never regain more range of motion in his spine.

On his first visit with me, he could only bend over far enough to touch the middle of his thighs. After further evaluation I decided Dry Needling to his lumbar erector spinae muscles on his right side would be the best treatment to start improving his symptoms. I inserted one needle to the right side of his lumbar spine between L4 and L5 vertebrae, the muscular response was something I will never forget.

After leaving the needle for 3 minutes I had him stand up. When I asked him to bend over again, he laughed and stated again that he was told his spine was fused from his injury, I encouraged him to flatter me by bending over.

Success! He was able to bend over to the point his fingers were clear past his knees, halfway down his tibia (shin bone). He looked up at me in disbelief and his eyes began to tear. Since that day the patient has continued to periodically treat with Dry Needling, has returned to an unrestricted gym routine and has gained over 30 pounds of muscle.

I was able to forever change his life in a way he was told would never be possible. He is able to play with his kids, go hiking, workout, sleep and enjoy many other of life's blessing that he had written off as impossible.

I could share hundreds of stories just like this one. As I said earlier, I would have never imagined I would be able to help people the way Dry Needling allows me too. If you have a fear of needles or just hate to have shots, rest assure the treatment of Dry Needling vs an injection received from your doctor are completely different. Learn more about what to expect with a Dry Needling treatment.

The needles used are extremely thin and most patients report not feeling the needle insertion at all. Many people are understandably nervous during their first treatment, but I have never had a patient not return for more treatments. The results are immediate and the benefits are unmatched by any other treatment technique.

Proudly providing Dry Needling to patients in the Mooresville, Statesville, Troutman, Charlotte, Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville, NC areas.

If you want to see how I can help you, give me call, email or text me.

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