What is Functional Dry Needling®?
Functional Dry Needling® (FDN) is commonly mistaken for acupuncture, but there is a clear distinction between the two practices. Yes, both are similar in that a needle is inserted into the skin to alleviate pain however, the primary difference between the two is that acupuncture treats for the purpose of altering the flow of Qi (or energy) along traditional Chinese meridians while FDN follows evidence-based guidelines to treat specific treatment conditions, using recommended “trigger point” locations.
Functional Dry Needling® is a treatment employed by our trained physical therapists here at Suarez Physical Therapy. It involves the insertion of a tiny monofilament needle directly into a muscle or muscles using a pistoning technique (moving the needle up and down in the muscle tissue) or with the application of electrical stimulation, directly to the needle, to elicit a muscle contraction.
Based on the evidence, the goals of FDN is to help treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions, reducing pain and muscle tension and/or improving strength and range of motion. Implementing FDN to specific treatment plans has been proven to help speed up and promote healing.
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Are there side effects of Function Dry Needling?
FDN is a valuable and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Like any treatment, there are possible complications. While complications are rare in occurrence, they are real and must be considered prior to giving consent for treatment.
Risks may include, injury to a blood vessel causing a bruise, infection, and/or nerve injury. Bruising is a common occurrence and should not be a concern. Sensitivity and discomfort at the needle site may occur following treatment.
However, rare complications have occurred. For example, the most serious risk with FDN is accidental puncture of a lung (pneumothorax) with treatment of thoracic musculature. If this were to occur, it may likely require a chest x-ray and no further treatment. The symptoms of shortness of breath may last for several days to weeks. A more severe puncture can require hospitalization and re-inflation of the lung. This is a rare complication, and in skilled hands it should not be a major concern.
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What should I expect from my first PT visit?
Great question! Click on Your Visit in the menu bar below the Suarez PT logo to learn what to expect, what to bring with you, and what to wear during your first physical therapy exam. Should you require specific accommodations during your treatment, please let us know at the time of booking so we can do our best to accommodate you.
How many locations do we have?
We currently have three locations in the Las Vegas valley. To view addresses and get map directions click here.
What are our hours?
Southeast (Sunset): Sunday through Saturday 8am – 7pm
Southwest (Cimarron): Monday through Friday 8am – 7pm; Saturday 8am – 6pm
Northwest (Centennial): Monday through Friday 8am – 7pm
Do we speak Spanish?
Are we taking new patients?
Yes, and we are usually able to schedule within the same week after the verification of insurances and referrals.
Do we take pediatric patients, specifically infants?
What insurances do we take?
We accept all major PPO plans and Worker’s Comp Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and Culinary.
However, we are not contracted with United Healthcare, Cigna, Sierra Health and Life, Health Plan of Nevada, Smart Choice or any HMO plans.
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What insurances need referrals from the doctor?
Amerigroup, Culinary, Medicaid and Medicare (always). The other insurances may require a referral depending on the plan design.
How many patients do we typically see per hour and per day?
Typically we see 4-6 patients an hour.
Can SPT assist with a patient obtaining orthotics and other Durable Medical Equipment?
Yes. We work with the patient’s primary physician and the DME company to provide needed equipment and orthotics.
Do we handle Personal Injury cases?
Yes. We work with the majority of Las Vegas attorneys.
What types of massage therapy do we offer?
Regular and deep tissue massages by a licensed massage therapist.
Do we accept private pay (no insurance)?
Yes. We accept private pay for both treatment and massage.
Do we accept 30 minute treatments?
No. We don’t feel like 30 minutes is sufficient to accomplish a patient’s treatment goals. Therefore, we only treat in 60 minute increments.
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