The 2016 Summer Olympics captivated the nation as we all tuned in to watch the world’s most talented athletes compete for a spot in the history books. The passionate and inspiring athletes trained for years to earn a coveted spot in the Olympics and go for the gold. That’s why it was so devastating to watch when one of them suffered an injury. Unfortunately, all athletes can experience injuries.

To recover from a sports injury, various techniques can be used to address pain, swelling and more. Dry needling is a common treatment technique for pain management used by physical therapists at Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation.

“Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by physical therapists using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and underlying tissue,” explains Stacey Cruse, Clinic Director of the Outpatient Clinic at RIO Sport&Health in Gaithersburg. “This technique using the solid, extremely fine needles helps to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments and disability.”

Dry needling can be used to help reduce pain from conditions that include:

  • Back & neck pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Muscle strains and
  • Sports-related injuries

“Dry needling not only focuses on pain, but movement as well,” adds Dr. Shoji Ishigami, sports medicine physician at Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation. “When properly applied, pain will subside and corrective movements can be applied.”

After a sports injury or orthopedic surgery, recover with the expert team at Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation. Contact us for a free injury screening or to learn more about our specialized sports medicine services.