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Trigger Point Dry Needling

Treatment for musculoskeletal pain

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) can be used to help a variety of musculoskeletal problems that cause pain. It is an excellent way to improve range of motion and decrease muscle or tendon pain. At St. Luke’s, this service is offered by specially trained physical therapists.

What is TPDN?
Myofascial trigger points are hyperirritable spots in the connective tissue that surrounds skeletal muscle. Pain can radiate from these taut bands of tissue (trigger points) to broader areas in the body. TPDN uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate these trigger points. This helps increase circulation and decrease persistent pain.

Common conditions treated with dry needling include:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Shoulder/elbow/hand pain
  • Hip/knee/foot pain
  • Buttock and leg pain (sciatica, hamstring strains, calf tightness or spasms)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Scar tissue restrictions or pain

Referral required for this service. If you need one, talk to your primary care provider.

To establish care with a St. Luke’s primary care provider, call 218.249.4000 or find a clinic near you.

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