What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Trigger point dry needling is a treatment technique, which uses small filament type needles to release tight muscles with the goal of permanently reducing muscle pain and dysfunction.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness

Purpose
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Perceived effectiveness
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Purpose
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Trigger Point Dry Needling

Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
5
None
6

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Trigger Point Dry Needling

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2
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1
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1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Trigger Point Dry Needling)
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
3
Dosage
6 min weekly
Patients
1
Dosage
30 min monthly
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1
Dosage
50 min monthly
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1
Dosage
60 min monthly
Patients
1
Dosage
90 min monthly
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1
Dosage
120 min monthly
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1
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
1
Dosage
30 min daily
Patients
1
Why Patients Stopped Going to Trigger Point Dry Needling (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
4
Reason
Expense
Patients
3
Reason
Course of treatment ended
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3
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Duration

Currently Going to Trigger Point Dry Needling
Duration
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Duration
0-1 month
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0
Duration
1-3 months
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0
Duration
3-6 months
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1
Duration
6 months-1 year
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0
Duration
1-2 years
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2
Duration
2 years or more
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2
Stopped Going to Trigger Point Dry Needling
Duration
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Duration
0-1 month
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0
Duration
1-3 months
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2
Duration
3-6 months
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4
Duration
6 months-1 year
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2
Duration
1-2 years
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0
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
1

Adherence


Always
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7
64%
Usually
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4
36%
Sometimes
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0
0%
Never taken as prescribed
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0
0%

Burden


Very hard to take
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0
0%
Somewhat hard to take
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2
18%
A little hard to take
Patients
4
36%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
5
45%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
1
9%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
2
18%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
3
27%
Cost per month
$25-49
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2
18%
Cost per month
< $25
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1
9%
Cost per month
Not specified
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2
18%
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2 patient evaluations for Trigger Point Dry Needling

Captain Max
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Captain Max
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: b
I have:
ALS

See Captain Max's full Trigger Point Dry Needling history

Jun 6, 2014 (Started May 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle twitching (fasciculations))
  • Side Effects
    Mild (Temporary increase in pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I manage by just going to Physical Therapy. Unexpected benefit, at my stage 3+ years of brain and spinal ALS I should not be able to type this. Stopping twitching in my arms slowing progression. Impact, major! I wish they could Trigger Point Dry Needle my diaphragm!!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jul 13, 2013 (Started May 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle twitching (fasciculations))
  • Side Effects
    Mild (Temporary increase in pain)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I get the treatment when twitching presents. After trigger point dry needling in twitching muscle I exercise that muscle which seems to extend the pause in the twitching. the effect is a stop in twitching for 3 to 5 weeks. This has been documented and reported to my Doctor whom was impressed.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Sagen
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Sagen
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See Sagen's full Trigger Point Dry Needling history

Oct 22, 2009 (Started Jul 29, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for help spastisity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle tension)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: The dry needling really helped with pain and stiffness.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 18, 2009 (Started Jul 29, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for help spastisity)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle tension)
  • Side Effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: It helped relieve pain and helped my muscles to relax.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 29, 2009 (Started Jul 29, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for help spastisity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Muscle tension)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Yearly
Advice & Tips: Worked great to ease pain
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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