Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Have you ever had those “knots” which are oh-so-painful and hinder your ability to move properly? Do not fear- Dry Needling is here.

At Orthocare Physical Therapy Center, we refer to these “knots”  as “myofascial trigger points”. Our Physical Therapists are certified to provide Functional Dry Needling Services.

A myofascial trigger point is a sensitive area of the body, stimulation or irritation of which causes a specific effect in another part.

Trigger Points are an extremely common cause of pain. Trigger points often present themselves as palpable nodules within the muscle (i.e. “knots”).

Dry Needling is a very effective technique for treatment of these myofascial trigger points in physical therapy. Patients increasingly prefer this popular therapeutic treatment procedure. The procedure involves inserting a very thin filament needle directly into the muscle that contains the trigger point.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) about Dry Needling

Can anyone perform the dry needling procedure?


Only clinicians that have received the proper training and certifications can perform Dry Needling.

Do I need a prescription to undergo this treatment modality?


You are required a prescription from your physician specifically stating dry needling as a prescribed treatment in the State of Virginia.

Does my insurance get billed for this procedure?


This technique is a ‘cash-based’ modality and insurance providers often do not cover this procedure.

What will it feel like?

A healthy muscle usually feels very little discomfort with insertion of the fine needle. However, if the muscle is irritable or has active myofascial trigger points, you may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp – a ‘twitch response’.

Have more Questions?

Call us and one of our trained and certified physical therapists will be happy to provide you with all the information you need to proceed with this treatment.

We are proud members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

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