Dry Needling is a pain treatment technique used to treat areas of muscle that are highly sensitive and can be painful when touched. The technique uses a tiny threadlike "dry" needle, used without medication or injection, that is inserted through the skin into knotted areas of the muscle called trigger points.

Dry needling is typically performed during a physical therapy session as part of a complete treatment plan. At UM Rehab & Ortho it is performed by Dr. Marni Kallins, PT, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling Specialist.

Dr. Kallins uses her clinical expertise and diagnostic skills to determine how to most effectively relieve your pain.

Benefits of Treatment

Dry needling is a valuable and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Many patients do not feel the dry needle when it is inserted into their muscle. A twitch as the trigger point is reached and a deep ache in the muscle or a feeling of soreness is common post-treatment. Multiple muscle groups can be treated within a single session.

Patients with the following symptoms and conditions may benefit from this treatment:

  • Back and/or neck pain
  • Shoulder problems
  • Knee pain
  • Muscle Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Decreased Mobility/Range of Motion
  • Headaches
  • Chronic Pain

Side Effects

There are possible, rare complications which must be considered prior to giving consent for treatment. Minor effects of treatment can last up to two days after the treatment session. This includes muscle soreness of the treated area, mild bruising, or slight dizziness.