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Belmar Physical Therapy

Struggling with Muscle Pain? Try Dry Needling.

Levator Scapulae Trigger Point Pain Patter

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a procedure in which a needle, often an acupuncture needle, is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.

How Does Dry Needling Improve Function?

Dry Needling of muscular trigger points causes a reflexive relaxation of the involved muscle.Tiny injuries created by the needle insertion cause a local healing response in the dysfunctional, painful tissue, which restores normal function through the natural healing process.Dry Needling stimulates nerve pathways which block pain by disrupting pain messages being sent to the brain.Dry Needling causes a local chemical response through the release of substances which block the transmission of pain messages.

What Conditions May Benefit From Dry Needling?Dry Needling in combination with other physical therapy procedures has been shown to be of benefit with the following types of injuries:

Acute and chronic tendonitisAthletic and sports-related overuse injuriesPost-surgical painPost-traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and work related injuriesChronic pain conditionsHeadaches and whiplashLower back pain

Dry Needling can be a powerful adjunctive treatment.  However, it is important to remember that Dry Needling is only one part of the treatment component at Belmar Physical Therapy. We also address biomechanical muscle imbalances, postural dysfunctions, muscular flexibility limitation, strength deficits, and swollen or stiff joints. Physical therapy treatment may include: joint mobilization, a carefully designed therapeutic exercise plan, and advanced hands-on therapy techniques. These will restore a patient’s optimal physical function. A multidimensional treatment approach is paramount for a successful recovery.

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Suffering From Knee Arthritis? Try Physical Therapy First.

More and more studies are showing that physical therapy is a highly effective alternative to arthroscopic surgery and drugs for sufferers of osteoarthritis >>

The most recent of these studies was published in the September 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). This study titled A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee found that physical therapy was just as effective as Arthroscopic surgery.

Another study which supports the treatment approach that we use here at Belmar Physical Therapy is titled Effectiveness of Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise inOsteoarthritis of the Knee. This study found that patients treated with specific manual therapy techniques and supervised therapy had significant improvement in self-perceptions of pain, stiffness, and functional ability with total distance walked in 6 minutes. A significant reduction in the need for Total Knee Replacement was also noted. Did the results last? YES, these reported benefits were still present at 1 year!! Many of the patients reported a 20% to 40% reduction in symptoms after only 2 to 3 visits and the entire program only required 8 clinical visits.

“Can I do these exercise at home?” Sure, but in the first instance, these exercises should be supervised by a physical therapist and combined with manual therapy by a licensed physical therapist.

Contact Belmar Physical Therapy today to find out how we can help alleviate your knee pain from arthritis or other causes.  Click here to call or email us  >>

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Treatment of a Painful, Clicking Hip!

Hip pain and painful snapping inside the hip, or groin region are frequent disabling injuries amongst athletes, particularly those involved in sports that require repetitive pivoting or squatting. The evolution of physical therapy diagnostic techniques as well as arthroscopic surgical interventions for the hip have allowed for more effective diagnosis and management of the cause of this pain.

Chronic symptoms of pain in the front of the hip, or less often in the buttocks, along with catching or clicking in the hip are often associated with diagnoses such as acetabular labral tears. The labrum in this instance refers to cartilage which lines the rim of the hip socket and helps with hip stability and joint health. Traumatic isolated labral tears are rare (about 5% of cases).

For most patients, the injury has been due to specific repetitive wear in combination with individual anatomical contributions. Some patients may exhibit signs of having loose ligaments, or excessive range of motion in the hips; while others may demonstrate a specific lack of motion which may contribute to an impingement injury. The term impingement in this case describes the improper impact between the femur (ball) and the acetabulum (socket), or Femoral-Acetabular Impingement leading to injury other structures such as the labrum, usually in the front of the hip.

How do you treat a labral tear?

Once the causes of the injury are identified, patients can have immediate benefit from education on lifestyle, postural, and activity modification to reduce inflammation and further injury. Conservative treatment through physical therapy can be an effective option, particularly for those whose symptoms are caused by decreased stability of the hip. This will include exercises to increase core and hip muscle strength as well as an assessment of posture and the timing of muscle activation with movements of daily life. In severe cases, the application of arthroscopic surgical techniques has facilitated relatively consistent resolution function and/or sporting activity in both recreational and elite athletes.

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