How Dry Needling Can Help
In order to understand how dry needling for knee pain works, it’s important first to understand myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger points are essentially knots in the muscle. These knots are made up of a group of muscle fibers that have shortened after being activated, but are not able to lengthen back to a relaxed state after their use. As a result, painful, sensitive nodules in the muscle form, and muscle fibers become tight enough to compress the surrounding capillaries and nerves. As a result, patients suffering from these myofascial trigger points in muscles surrounding the knee experience knee pain and discomfort, and even an impediment of their normal range of motion.
In order to treat this, we insert a fine filament needle into the center of a myofascial trigger point, triggering the contracted muscle fibers to relax. These muscle fibers are provided with the fresh oxygen and nutrients, and the result is a reduction of knee pain and restored range of motion.
Common Treatment Areas
With dry needling for knee pain, we evaluate the cause of every patient’s knee pain and isolate which muscles are contributing to their pain. We then conduct a series of dry needle treatments to bring relief. While every treatment plan will address different muscles, some of the muscles we commonly target for knee pain are:
- Anterior thigh muscles: Vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, and rectus femoris
- Inner and outer thigh muscles: TFL and adductor magnus
- Rear hip muscles: Gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus
- Posterior thigh muscles: Biceps femoris, semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and gluteal muscles
- Lower leg muscles: Gastrocnemius, soleus, and tibialis anterior
Knee Pain Relief
At Dry Needle Pain Relief, we believe complete relief from knee pain is possible through the power of dry needling. To learn more about dry needling for knee pain and how our specialists can help you, contact us for an appointment today!