HSHS St. Elizabeth's Outpatient Therapy now offering "dry needling" therapy to help alleviate pain and tension.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient Therapy is dedicated to bringing a variety of advanced therapies to assist patients struggling with pain and tension issues. A recently added therapy is Intramuscular Dry Needling.
Intramuscular dry needling is a highly effective, targeted treatment that uses thin filiform needles inserted into muscular trigger points to help relieve pain and improve range of motion. The procedure allows the therapist to reach tissues otherwise not within reach during other methods of physical therapy.

As the name implies, “Dry Needling” does not include injecting any type of medication or solution into the body.

Dry Needling can be used to treat injuries to muscles, tendons, joints and other conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Tension Headaches
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff or Impingement Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Hamstring/Groin Pain
  • Knee Pain/Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Heel Pain

Certified Dry Needling Practitioner Jennifer Thompson, PT, DPT, COMPT provides Dry Needling therapy services at St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient Therapy location at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in O’Fallon.

Thompson said, “Dry Needling is often compared to acupuncture because they use the same tool, but the two are not the same. Acupuncture is based on preserving ancient theories, principles, and tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. Dry Needling is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.” She added, “The only similarity is that they both use the same type of needle.”

The common question about dry needling is “does it hurt?” Thompson said, “When the needle enters the skin, it is usually unnoticed but when the target trigger point is stimulated, some minor discomfort is common during therapy and possibly the next day. But, immediate improvement in range-of-motion and strength, as well as a decrease in their original pain is also felt by patients.”

For questions or more information about how you may benefit from Dry Needling therapy, call 618-624-3668 to learn more or schedule an appointment. HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient Therapy location at 209 Rec Plex Drive, O’Fallon.

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Melissa Athmer

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 32258

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