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Patient Information for Dry Needling as a Procedure for the Assessment and Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points and Tender Points


Myofascial trigger points and tender points which appear in soft tissue, and are painful sites, reflect abnormal nervous system activity associated with many neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions that are treated in our office. The procedure known as Dry Needling is an important tool for diagnosing, treating, and monitoring changes in the myofascial trigger / tender points.

During this procedure, under sterile technique, a sterile, very thin, solid filament needle is inserted into tissue that may be associated with one or a number of your complaints.  One or a number of needles may be used, and the procedure may be performed during more than one office visit.  The number of needles, and the frequency of the procedure will depend entirely on your condition at each office visit.

There is  little to no pain with this procedure.  There is little to no bleeding with this procedure.

While an infection is an unlikely event with this procedure, whenever there is penetration of the skin, there is the risk of infection.  Other unlikely but possible events include: fainting, soreness, or pneumothorax (lung puncture).

If you have a fear of needles, a genetic bleeding disorder, a history of a blood disorder that can be transmitted to another person, are regularly taking any blood thinning medication (for example, Coumadin or Warfarin), or are regularly taking any pain relievers containing ibuprofen, NSAIDs, aspirin or acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, or Bufferin), please inform us by indicating so on our intake form.



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