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For over 100 years, Washington County Hospital and Clinics has been providing healthcare services to Washington County and surrounding community residents.
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Dry Needling

When coupled with traditional physical therapy treatments dry needling is a proven, evidence-based treatment option to help alleviate pain and provide lasting effects for patients. Utilized by licensed physical therapists, dry needling allows the physical therapist to access tissues which would not be easily manipulated with just the hands. A thin, sterile filament needle is inserted into a taut band of muscle to stimulate a release in a trigger point. Trigger points are knots that develop in the muscle when there is injury or fatigue.

Dry needling helps to alleviate pain as well as increase blood flow to the area treated, flushing out inflammation and jump start the healing process.

Benefits of Dry Needling


  • Decrease Pain

  • Increase Range of Motion

  • Improve Function


Common Conditions treated with Dry Needling:


  • Elbow Pain

  • Headaches

  • Lower back pain

  • Mid back pain

  • Muscle spasms

  • Muscle strains

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Tendonitis


Referral for Dry Needling

Dry needling is offered a part of an overall physical therapy care plan. Your physician may request dry needling for you or a physical therapist may recommend this treatment option in conjunction with other traditional physical therapy treatments. When referred to Physical Therapy each patient will undergo a thorough evaluation and the physical therapist will determine the appropriate interventions which may include dry needling.

Cost of Procedure

Currently, dry needling is not covered by health insurance. Each session costs $45 and payment is due at time of service.

Rehabilitation Services Contact Information

Location: Hospital (South Entrance)
Open Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 AM - 5 PM
Phone: 319-863-3962

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