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Dry Needling for Knee Pain

Dry needling is a treatment technique used by physical therapists to help relieve pain and promote healing in various parts of the body, including the knee. Knee pain is a common problem that affects people of all ages, and it can be caused by a variety of factors such as overuse, injury, arthritis, and muscle imbalances. In this blog, we’ll explore how dry needling can help relieve knee pain and improve function.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in the body, known as trigger points or myofascial trigger points. These points are typically found in tight bands of muscle or fascia and can cause pain and dysfunction if left untreated. Dry needling aims to release these trigger points by causing a local twitch response in the muscle, which can help to relieve pain and improve function.

How does dry needling help with knee pain?

Dry needling can be used to target trigger points in the muscles around the knee joint, which can be a significant source of pain and dysfunction. Tightness or imbalances in these muscles can lead to poor alignment of the knee joint, increased stress on the joint, and ultimately, pain and reduced function.

By targeting these trigger points with dry needling, physical therapists can help to release tension in the muscles, promote relaxation, and improve blood flow to the area. This can help to reduce pain and stiffness in the knee joint, improve range of motion, and promote healing.

In addition to releasing trigger points in the muscles around the knee, dry needling can also be used to target other areas that may be contributing to knee pain. For example, trigger points in the hip muscles can cause imbalances that lead to knee pain, so dry needling these areas can help to correct these imbalances and reduce knee pain.

What should I expect during a dry needling session?

During a dry needling session, your physical therapist will first assess your knee and surrounding muscles to identify any trigger points that may be causing pain or dysfunction. They will then use a thin, sterile needle to target these trigger points, which may cause a slight prick or pressure sensation.

Once the needle is inserted, your therapist may move it back and forth or apply gentle pressure to stimulate the muscle and trigger a local twitch response. This twitch response is a sign that the trigger point is releasing and can help to relieve pain and improve function.

After the session, you may experience some soreness or bruising around the area where the needles were inserted. This is normal and should subside within a few days.

Dry needling is a safe and effective technique that can be used to help relieve knee pain and improve function. By targeting trigger points in the muscles around the knee joint, physical therapists can help to release tension, reduce pain and stiffness, and promote healing. If you’re struggling with knee pain, talk to your physical therapist to see if dry needling may be a good treatment option for you.

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Larry Hernandez

On Point Movement And Performance

"We Help Active Adults And Athletes Get Back To Their Favorite Workouts And Activities Without Pain Killers Or Surgery"

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