We’ve been talking with ARC Physical Therapy+ patients who have experienced significant healing and improved recovery thanks to dry needling. To learn more about the basics of dry needling, read our recent overview here. In our last story, we spoke with Greg about his dry needling experience, which you can read here.
Today, we talk with Donald about how dry needling helped move his recovery forward.
“It was a game changer”
Donald Hess began physical therapy in March 2020, following a rotator cuff repair and bicep tenodesis surgery.
Although Donald attended regular physical therapy appointments and was dedicated to a strong exercise program at home, his progress was at a standstill. His overhead and external rotation were still limited with no improvement from continued therapy.
When dry needling came up as an option for treatment, Donald agreed to give it a try.
Donald works as a general manager in a restaurant, where he is constantly carrying and lifting items over 10-hour weekend shifts. He intentionally schedules his dry needling for Fridays because of the positive impact it has had on his pain.
In addition to the benefits he sees at work, Donald has been able to return to other activities he enjoys much faster than anticipated thanks to dry needling.
“The benefits are so incredible”
Donald is no longer afraid of getting another needed shoulder surgery completed, because he has faith that physical therapy combined with dry needling can help him recover quickly.
“The shoulder I had surgery on is already becoming more dominant and stronger than my non-surgery shoulder,” Donald said. “I plan to continue dry needling long past this specific shoulder rehab because the benefits have been so incredible.”
Donald says dry needling is more effective for pain relief than getting a one-hour deep tissue massage, and that the treatment has been much easier than he imagined.
Mindi is also amazed by the results she sees from dry needling in patients like Donald.
Ready to Try Dry Needling?
Contact ARC Physical Therapy+ at 844-755-4272 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or schedule your Dry Needling appointment.