Hattiesburg Clinic Patients Find Pain Relief Through Dry Needling
If you suffer from chronic pain like neck, back or migraine pain, you probably couldn’t imagine going a day without the pain medication to treat it. But now that we are in the middle of an opioid crisis in our country, some health care providers want to step away from the opioids and suggest patients try an alternative to opioids that’s piercing through the pain.
It’s an idea that Petal resident Cody Dailey decided to give a try. He said years of heavy lifting caught up with him.
“I have herniated disk in my lower back and then, the right shoulder pain is something that’s come on recently,” Dailey said.
Dailey said pain medications were not working for him. He said he tried physical therapy, but that didn’t help completely. His therapist recommended something that would stick.
“The purpose of dry needling is to help reduce inflammation and pain,” Hattiesburg Clinic Physical Therapist Kim Schramm said.
After meeting Schramm, Dailey started dry needling therapy to relieve his chronic pain. Schramm explained how tiny needles take the pain away.
“When you have pain, muscles tend to tighten up to protect the nerve ending, so therefore, the nerve ending becomes inflamed,” Schramm said. “If I insert the needle, it will relax the muscle and it will bring circulation to the nerve ending, which will, in result, reduce pain.”
Schramm said with opioids, the medicine affects the chemistry of your brain, but never addresses the area of discomfort. With dry needling, she said the needle not only lessens or takes away the pain, it causes an increase in circulation, which prompts the healing process.
To watch Cody Daily’s full story, click here.
You can watch another story here of a dry needling patient whose chronic back pain was so severe he could not drive longer than 30 minutes.
About Bellevue Physical Therapy
Bellevue Physical Therapy offers individual treatment programs to promote optimum health and function. They use a variety of options for evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, such as ultrasound, traction, electrotherapies, cryotherapy and hydrotherapy. Services include therapeutic exercises, wound care, joint mobilization, range of motion techniques, dry needling for pain, etc. The clinic is located at 7148 US Hwy. 98, Ste. 102, in Hattiesburg. They are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., and can be reached at (601) 261-1550.