Drew Gunnell is a Physical Therapist Assistant at Spectrum Medical. He graduated in May of 2017 from Jefferson college of health sciences, and began his career at Spectrum soon after. Drew enjoys talking with patients during treatment and encouraging them to work hard towards their goals. Outside of Spectrum, Drew is an active member of his church serving in youth and outreach ministries, and playing guitar on the worship team. He also does missionary work with his church.
The intent of dry needling is compatible with manual therapy techniques to improve muscle function, induce relaxation and decreased pain as defined in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. This technique requires a written order from a physician at our facility.
This technique works in combination of a physical assessment, exercises, and hands-on mobilizations. This will require that each patient is an active participant in their own treatments. Dry needling involves placing a small needle into the muscle at the trigger point which is typically in an area which the muscle is tight and may be tender with the intent of causing the muscle to contract and then release, improving flexibility of the muscle and therefore decreasing symptoms.
There are times when Functional Dry Needling is contraindicated or not recommended:
- Bleeding disorders (hemophiliacs)
- Pregnancy (1st trimester)
- High Dose anti-coagulants
- Immune-suppressed patients – (Cancer)
- Local Infection
- Over joint replacement, breast implant, pacemaker or spinal stimulator
- 12 weeks post surgical to the area of the body that had surgery
- 6 weeks post surgical to a different area of the body than what you had surgery on (i.e. Knee surgery and needling to shoulder)
Common Conditions Treated
- Non-Traumatic Tendonitis/Tenosynovitis
- Bursitis & Capsulitis
- Myofascial Pain
- Movement Disorders/Dysfunctions
- Neck & Back Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis/ Achilles Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)
How Many Treatments are Suggested
There is no specific pre-set number of treatments for patients but typically positive results are apparent within 3-5 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, and overall health of the patient. However if at any point the patient no longer wishes to continue with dry needling therapy, this treatment will be removed from their physical therapy treatment plan.
What is a Trigger Point
A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot in the muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. The spot is tender when pressed and can give rise to characteristic referred pain and tenderness, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena (Travell).
Difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture
There is a difference between the two treatments styles. Our Therapist only perform dry needling techniques. Dry Needling is not an entry level skill, it should be administered by physical therapists who have taken the necessary coursework to perform this technique.
- Dry Needling treats neuro-musculoskeletal systems based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction and other orthopedic signs and symptoms (Intra Muscular Manual Therapy)
- Dry Needling depends upon physical examination and assessment to guide treatment
- Acupuncture is a treatment based on eastern medical diagnosis requiring traditional Chinese medicine.
- Needles are only one part of treatment for TCM practitioners and Acupuncturists: Other techniques are involved: herbs, nutrition, psychology, pulse diagnosis, etc…
Kinetacore and Functional Dry Needling (FDN) was featured on Terry Bradshaw’s “The Edge”. Go to Kinetacore’s website and click on the video for more information on the benefits of Functional Dry Needling.
Our treatment goals:
- Reducing patients pain and suffering
- Using the best Evidence Based Medical treatments
- Increasing patients functional capacity and ability to return to work
- Reducing or eliminate medication intake
- Teaching patients to cope with their residual pain
- Reduce psychiatric or psychological impairment
- Decrease patient’s usage of medical resources (emergency room, doctor visits, consultations, etc.)
- Reduce your expenses by eliminating unnecessary treatments
- Obtaining an initial consultation with a thorough review of pain history end treatment and the formulating a treatment plan
- Medication management with a goal to eliminate or decrease narcotics, sedatives and the addictive medications
- Increasing physical work capacity by design and encouragement of self-controlled exercise program and as needed referral for specific physical therapy
- Selective use only of nerve blocks or interventional procedures; for both diagnostic identification of specific pain syndrome, and as therapeutic for breaking of pain cycle.
- Where needed management of appropriate consultations for diagnostic or therapeutic treatment in other specialties
- Where needed, referral to alternative treatment modalities for patients who continue to fail treatment.
- Identification and referral for treatment of psychiatric conditions and psychosocial stressors exacerbating pain states
Understanding your responsibilities
You are the only one who can decide which treatment is best for you. It is important that you recognize that you have a responsibility to participate in, and take ownership of, any decisions involving your health care. You will be asked to make the final decision about what is best for you, so ask questions about anything you do not understand.
Your family and close friends are an important part of the collaborative process. We encourage you to include them in any education sessions we provide concerning your condition. If you choose to have surgery, we will make every effort to keep family members informed of your progress and to involve them in your recovery process.
Deciding which treatment option is best for you involves weighing the risks and benefits associated with each option. If you eventually choose to have surgery, your physical condition and your mental attitude will determine your body’s ability to heal. You must approach your surgery with confidence, a positive mental attitude and a thorough understanding of the anticipated outcome. You should have realistic goals — and be willing to work steadily to achieve those goals.
Angie has been working at DOC Rehabilitation since 2008. She helps with patient scheduling and billing. Angie is a graduate from Danville Community College with Associates Degree.
Diana has come back to our front office team at DOC Rehab. She has been employed since 2012 doing check-in and patient scheduling. Diana has experience in sales, customer service, and management. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a BSBA with a major in management. Diana enjoys spending time with her friends and family while being a member of Faith Memorial Baptist Church.
Martha is the Rehabilitation Office Manager. She has been with DOC Rehabilitation since 2007. Martha has been working in billing and insurance for over 30 years.
Brittany is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Exercise Science. She continued her education at Jefferson College of Health Sciences to earn her Associates Degree as a PTA. Her focus is outpatient therapy. Brittany enjoys spending time with family and outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and swimming.