Dry Needling

Aurora BayCare offers dry needling sessions at our Sports Medicine Center and select physical therapy clinics. Dry needling is performed by physical therapists with specialized training.

Dry needling in an effective treatment for chronic pain and reduced mobility. Current research supports that dry needling reduces pain and muscle tightness, which is shown to speed recovery. Dry needling works by creating a local twitch response at the trigger point of the muscle. The local twitch response then resets the muscle fibers to release muscle tension and pain.

Dry needling may be effective for:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Foot pain
  • Reduced mobility
  • Joint pain in hip, shoulder, knee, elbow

Treatment fee: $35 / 30-minute service

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is dry needling?

Dry needling involves inserting a thin filament needle into muscles or connective tissues in order to release tension, improve movement, and reduce pain.

Will it hurt?

Typically, people will feel a cramp or “twitch” response at the insertion site. People with greater muscle injury may experience more discomfort during treatment.

What are the side effects?

Side effects may vary, but most people experience only mild soreness or bruising.

Is it covered by insurance?

Dry needling is sometimes covered as part of a larger course of physical therapy. Please check with your insurance provider. We also offer dry needling as a fee-based service.