Dry Needling:
A New Weapon to Fight Pain

“Dry needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofacial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Dry needling (DN) is a technique used to treat… and reduce or restore impairments of the body structure and function leading to improved activity and participation.” (American Physical Therapy Association 2013)

Dry needling is an adjunct treatment used by selected physical therapists to treat some of the underlying causes of pain. This treatment is not acupuncture. Modern dry needling is based on Western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the muscles and nervous system. This modality can only be done by trained clinicians.

If you are interested in seeing if dry needling is right for you ask your Rehab Associates physical therapist

Conditions that Can be Treated with Dry Needling Include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Tendonitis or tendinopathy
  • Muscle strains and spasms
  • Back and Neck pain
  • Facial pain or headaches
  • SI joint dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Leg Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-Surgeries
  • Athletic injuries
  • Shoulder and Arm Pain
  • Hip Pain

Rehab Associates Physical Therapy Dry Needling Specialists:

Andrew Tatom

Andy Tatom, PT, DPT, OCS
(Lynchburg – Clifton Street Clinic)

Andy graduated from Old Dominion University’s Physical Therapy program in 1982. He completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University in 2005 and has been a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy since 1995. His special interests include manual therapy with an emphasis in spine, SI joint, headaches, facial pain and temporomandibular dysfunction, and dry needling.

Joel Eggleston – PT, DPT

Dr. Eggleston earned his BA in Biology from Houghton College, NY in 2002 and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the State University of Buffalo where he graduated valedictorian class of 2007. Joel is a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). His special interests include h. Prior to settling in Virginia with his wife Chelsea, Dr. Eggleston traveled as a therapist for 5 years working in Alaska, Colorado, California, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, and Indiana.

Michael Richardson – DPT, MSPT

Dr. Richardson received a Master of Science of Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1998. He received his doctorate of physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in 2007. His clinical experiences are in general orthopedics, neurologic rehabilitation and sports medicine, with a special interest is in the spine.

Dry needling is provided at the following locations:

Clifton Street Clinic

Phone: 434.528.1848

Forest Clinic

Phone: 434.525.4851

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