Dry needling gains popularity at IU Health, OrthoIndy

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Jan George performs a dry needling session on Whitney Harrison. George and Harrison are both physical therapists at IU Health Saxony in Fishers. (Submitted photo)

An innovative form of physical therapy is gaining popularity in Indiana.

Dry needling is now offered by OrthoIndy Physical Therapy at its Fishers and South locations. Dry needling is based on neuroanatomy and is used for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

“We are constantly looking to add new, innovative and effective treatment options for our patients dealing with pain and musculoskeletal injuries,” said Jeff Sorg, director of OrthoIndy Physical Therapy. “The procedure causes a small lesion with a fine filament needle in the muscle to create a chemical and neurological response, allowing the muscle to relax and decreasing pain. We are very happy to now be able to offer dry needling at OrthoIndy Physical Therapy.

“Dry needling is gaining popularity due to its ability to often achieve immediate positive results, with decreased pain and improved movement and function.”

Jan George, a physical therapist with IU Health Saxony in Fishers, said dry needling has gained popularity because insurance companies now allow patients to see a physical therapist without a physician’s approval.

“Physical therapy has been able to be directly accessed by public. Indiana got direct access two to three years ago, which means anyone can go to a physical therapist if your insurance allows without a physician referral for the first 24 days or so,” George said. “So the public has more access to physical therapists in the past couple years, and that has helped with traction (for dry needling.)”

George said physical therapists assess each patient and that dry needling is not a cure for a specific malady.

“It’s not like we use dry needling for a certain diagnosis,” George said. “You look at the patient as a whole and say, ‘How can I incorporate the best tools I have to help this patient get better?’”

According to OrthoIndy’s press release, conditions that respond well to dry needling include athletic and overuse injuries, tendonitis, chronic neck and back pain, headaches and post-surgical pain.


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