Tidewater Physical Therapy is pleased to announce that 14 more of its clinicians have earned their dry needling certification and the innovative treatment for pain is now being offered in 11 of its clinics from Virginia Beach to Richmond.
“Having so many of our clinicians earn this certification and being able to offer this treatment option to our patients is a testament to our dedication to clinical excellence,” said Jeff Verhoef, Tidewater Physical Therapy’s CEO. “Our clinicians are already seeing great results with patients who’ve elected to have this treatment and we’re pleased to continue working with physicians to ensure all patients are aware of this innovative technique.”
Dry needling is an invasive procedure where a certified physical therapist inserts a sterile, solid filament needle into the skin and muscle of a patient and directly into a trigger point to help alleviate pain and other discomfort associated with a variety of conditions.
There is no medication administered during the procedure, thus giving the treatment the “dry” name. While often associated with acupuncture because a similar tool is used, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine and research.
“There are mechanical, biomechanical and biochemical effects associated with the procedure,” said Kevin Schrack, PT, OCS, CMTPT of Tidewater Physical Therapy’s Franklin Clinic. Schrack is among the clinicians certified. “Inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favorable responses which are the first step in breaking the pain cycle. The increased blood flow, oxygen and change in pH level of the treated area can lead to pain reduction.”
Dry needling is used in a physical therapy clinic in addition to therapeutic exercises and manual therapy and can be used to treat a variety of musculosketal conditions, including neck, shoulder, jaw and low back pain; tennis elbow; carpal tunnel; muscle strains; and headaches.
“For a lot of our patients, this is something new for them,” said Ken Morris, PT, DPT, CMTPT of the Hidenwood and Magruder Clinics in Newport News and Hampton, who has been performing dry needling procedures on patients since earning the certification. “Any Tidewater Physical Therapy PT is happy to talk through the options. The treatment is used for a variety of acute and chronic pain conditions on people of all ages.”
Most patients, Morris said, do not feel the insertion of the needle.
“When the needle contacts a trigger point, a localized twitch can elicit a very brief response,” Morris said. “Some patients describe this as a little electrical shock. Others say it’s more like a cramp.”
Tidewater Physical Therapy practices a conservative approach to dry needling.
This treatment option is available at the following Tidewater Physical Therapy locations:
Williamsburg: Advanced Specialty Center.
The following Tidewater Physical Therapy clinicians are fully certified in dry needling:
- Briana Aiken, PT, MPT, DPT, CMTPT (Denbigh Clinic in Newport News)
- Kyle Bailey, PT, DPT (Powhatan Clinic in Richmond)
- Kristina Carter, PT, DPT (Advanced Specialty Clinic in Williamsburg)
- Pete Elser, PT, MSPT, OCS (Kempsville Clinic in Norfolk)
- Molly Fostek, PT, MPT, CMTPT (Great Bridge Clinic in Chesapeake)
- Mike McFarland, PT, DPT, CMTPT (Magruder Clinic in Hampton)
- Ken Morris, PT, DPT, CMTPT (Hidenwood Clinic in Newport News and Magruder Clinic in Hampton)
- Jessica Myers, PT, DPT, MPH, CSCS, FMSC (Powhatan Clinic in Richmond)
- Mike Satterley, PT, DPT, CSCS, CIMT, CMTPT (Oyster Point Clinic in Newport News)
- Kevin Schrack, PT, OCS, CMTPT (Franklin Clinic)
- Jessica Watts, PT, DPT, CMTPT (Oyster Point Clinic in Newport News)
- Tory Bishop PT, DSc, Cert. MDT, CMTPT (Suffolk Clinic)
- Lisa Bergman PT, DPT, CIMT (Colonial Heights Clinic in Richmond)
- Bruce Brewer, PT, DPT, CMTPT (Westhampton Clinic in Richmond)
- Sara Creger, PT, DPT, CMTPT (Brandermill Clinic in Richmond)