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Published on August 24, 2018

Dry needling now available to help relieve pain in Boscobel

Robyn Moritz, PT

Dry needling (also known as intramuscular manual therapy) is a drug-free way to help stop muscle pain by deactivating a myofascial trigger point. Trigger points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked. These spots are painful at their site, and can also cause "referred pain" in other areas. Dry needling can relieve aches and pains caused by trigger points.

Robyn Moritz, PT, Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics physical therapist, performs dry needling for patients with headaches/migraines and for pain in the neck, back, arm, shoulder, buttock and leg.

"Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture," says Robyn. "It's based on Western medicine principles. Research shows that inserting a needle into a trigger point can cause biochemical changes, which assists in reducing muscle aches and pains. This treatment is part of a whole rehab plan. Other options may be added to help maintain long-term relief."

Dry needling is an elective procedure, so call your insurance company to verify what is covered and to determine if a referral to Physical Therapy is needed. If a referral is not required, call Gundersen Boscobel Rehab at (608) 375-6311 to schedule an appointment. If a referral is required, contact your primary care provider or call us and ask for assistance.

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