Dry needling is a very effective therapeutic intervention used in combination with other interventions here at Central Ohio Spine and Joint.  Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

What are the most common conditions we treat with dry needling?

Trigger points/tender points in muscles Hamstring issues
Neuropathic pain Patellar Femoral Syndrome
Low back pain Patellar tendonitis
Neck pain Hamstring Strain
Joint pain associated with arthritis Groin Strain
Piriformis syndrome Shin-splints, Compartment Syndrome
Cervico-genic headaches Achilles tendonopathies
Sciatica Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Impingement syndromes
Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) Medial Epicondylitis (golfers elbow)


Again the most common condition we manage with dry needling is a muscular trigger point.  When this area of dysfunctional micro-environment is stimulated by a dry filament needle it is inoculated and the peripheral nerves secrete cytokines locally and send pulse signals to the spinal cord, brain stem, pons, thalamus, hypothalamus, and the cortices. These mechanisms of the central nervous system react and synthesize both the needling signals and the pathological signals from the affected area and the body will respond favorably by producing homeostatic reactions to restore the area to normative health. Ultimately this response alleviates the pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms thus indirectly decreasing compression about symptomatic joints.

Is dry needling the same as acupuncture? 

No, although the technique of dry needling looks similar to traditional acupuncture due to the use of a dry filament needle, the rationale and execution of the treatment technique is quite different, akin to the difference between spinal manipulative therapy and chiropractic. Remember, a field is not defined by its treatment techniques but rather by its basis of ideology or its use of scientific evidence. Traditional acupuncture is a field of alternative care based upon cultural and societal ideologies as compared to dry needling which is treatment modality based upon scientific knowledge and what is known as evidence based or informed medicine.

Is dry needling covered by insurance?

At this time insurance carriers do not consider dry needling a covered service, despite the overwhelmingly positive research.  We charge an extremely reasonable cash price of $20-$35 per session.  We also offer discounts with packages of 6 and 12 treatment sessions.

How many sessions will I need?

It is impossible to predict how many session someone will need without a thorough evaluation but on average we start with a trail of care of between 4-6 sessions. Again, each case is individualized but on average this is a good estimate.

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