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 Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Muscle and joint pain 9 16
Muscle tension 6 9
Muscle spasms 2 2
Muscle twitching (fasciculations) 2 6
Neck pain 2 3
Back pain 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 7
None 15

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

Side effect Patients
Muscle soreness 2
Soreness 1
Temporary increase in pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Trigger Point Dry Needling

Dosage Patients
10 min monthly 1
90 min monthly 1
30 min weekly 1
60 min weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Trigger Point Dry Needling

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Expense 3
Did not seem to work 1
See all 9 patients who’ve stopped going to Trigger Point Dry Needling

Duration

Currently going to Trigger Point Dry Needling

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped going to Trigger Point Dry Needling

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 5
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 4
$50-99 9
$25-49 4
< $25 3
Not specified 3
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2 patient evaluations for Trigger Point Dry Needling

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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

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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

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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

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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

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