If you are having a lot of shoulder pain, you should see your doctor to determine why. If you do not require surgery, your doctor may suggest dry needling to help with pain. Below is information on what this is, as well as the benefits dry needling offers you.
Dry needling is a safe treatment, and you will not have a lot of discomfort during the treatment. A trained physical therapist can do the dry needling procedure on your shoulder. They use a small needle to penetrate your skin to treat the underlying sore muscle. The physical therapist chooses different trigger point areas to know where they need to use the needle.
A trigger point is a tight band in your muscle that can cause pain, affect your range of motion, and cause the muscle to feel tender when you touch it. Dry needling loosens the tight band and muscle to reduce pain and increase blood flow to the muscle. In many cases, the physical therapist will use dry needling along with other treatments to help you with your sore muscle. For example, they may stretch your muscle and give you exercises to do to make your shoulder muscles stronger.
Dry Needling Benefits
One main benefit of dry needling is it works quickly to relieve your pain. Not long after the treatment is performed, the tight muscles relax and you will feel instant pain relief. You will also notice your range of motion is much better after dry needling. Range of motion is how high you can lift your arm and rotate your arm. This is especially true if you get other treatments from the physical therapist along with dry needling.
Dry needling can help you recover faster if you do have shoulder surgery. The main treatment your doctor will suggest is going to a physical therapist soon after surgery. Dry needling will result in you healing faster so you may not have to go to the physical therapist as long. This not only saves you time but can save money as well. Dry needling can be used to treat other conditions, such as neck pain, problems with knees, tendonitis, hip pain, sciatica, and much more.
Your physical therapist can give you more information about dry needling. The therapist will determine how many dry needling treatments you will need, which depends on the type of shoulder problem you have.