Dry Needling

Dry needling is a skilled intervention in which fine needles are inserted into trigger points, tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response. It is used to treat dysfunctions in muscle, connective tissue, and pain input. It is typically performed in conjunction with other manual therapy techniques and exercise. Dry needling is performed by licensed physical therapists and is not acupuncture; it is a modern, science-based intervention for the treatment of pain and dysfunction in a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

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Common conditions treated by dry needling:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle strains
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Connective tissue dysfunctions
Is dry needling safe?

YES! Minor side effects like lightheadedness, bruising, and muscle soreness can happen, but these are temporary and do not occur in all cases. Only single-use, sterilized, disposable needles are used.

What you can expect

Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to assess your condition. If your provider feels dry needling would be an appropriate intervention, they will include it in your treatment plan. Dry needling may or may not occur at your first session based on available time.

Following treatment, you may notice bruising and/or muscle soreness similar to the day after a workout. This does not last long, and we encourage you to perform your normal daily activities and follow through with the exercises prescribed.

Is this a covered service?

At this time, dry needling is a cash-based service and is not covered by insurance. The Institute for Athletic Medicine charges $40 per treatment. The number of treatments needed can vary based on your condition. Additional physical therapy treatments are billed through your insurance.


To schedule an appointment, please call 612-672-7100.