Dry needling has been around for nearly 80 years, but has only recently begun to grow in popularity as a powerful complement to treatment for patients struggling with pain and loss of motion. To learn more about the basics of dry needling, read our recent overview here.
Dry needling, as the name indicates, involves the use of needles, and that can make some patients nervous. However, once people try dry needling, they become advocates for it as the fear of uncertainty is replaced by relief.
Today, we talk with ARC Physical Therapy+ patient Greg who has experienced significant healing and improved recovery thanks to dry needling.
“I had immediate relief”
Greg Oborny started physical therapy in June 2019 following a rotator cuff repair surgery. While Greg was able to return to daily activities without pain, he is an avid tennis player and noticed lingering pain in his shoulder and elbow while playing.
His physical therapist, Mindi Lozenski, suggested dry needling as a treatment option to help him regain the full range of motion he needed to be competitive in tennis.
Greg was skeptical, but after listening to Mindi share the benefits, he decided to give it a try.
“I am deathly afraid of needles and blood, but between Botox and this, I made it happen,” he added. “The negative side effects, like bruising, have been very minimal.”
Greg has become a big believer in dry needling to support not only his love of tennis but his overall wellness.
“Most patients experience little to no pain”
Mindi loves being able to offer dry needling as a service to patients to complement their physical therapy treatment.
“Sometimes patients are hesitant to try dry needling, but in most cases there is significant opportunity for improvement even beyond what is possible through physical therapy,” Mindi said. “Most patients experience little to no pain, and some even find it relaxing.”
For Greg, the convenience of direct access without needing a prescription from his doctor makes this a long-term addition to his holistic care.
If you are on the fence about trying dry needling, Greg recommends checking out the research on it and talking to an ARC Physical Therapy+ clinician to learn more about the pros and cons.