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After 2 years of bi-lateral patella knee pain (jumper’s knee) I’ve experienced the single-most impacting treatment – Dry Needling.
While this might not work for everyone to the same magnitude that it did for myself, I believe that it has tremendous value. Gray Cook not only practices dry needling, but he also considers it to be one of the most powerful tools he utilizes in his practice.
I received the treatment to my rectus femoris and my vastus lateralis which had some pretty substantial trigger points (the day after receiving a trigger point massage to my legs!) – and now I’m able to exert external rotation to my femur and am experiencing zero knee pain now that my patella is able to track properly.
This may not be the only thing I need to treat. G.Cook highlights in his video that other muscles such as the glutes could have impacted the quads, which caused the trigger points, which caused the knee pain. If this is true, the quad trigger points will resurface unless the glute issue is addressed.
If you have some trigger points that you’re able to get TEMPORARY relief from when you hit them with a lacrosse ball, but they seem to keep coming back, I would suggest you inquire about dry needling.
One important point in that video is:
Good point! I did get the added electro-stimuli during my treatment.
That’s one thing my PT didn’t do – reinforce proper movement after the treatment.
He ended up having my do clamshells, lateral leg raises, and hip hikes. 🙁
Yup, exactly. I could before, but it would be very difficult to maintain a good position for my patella to track in. I could really only do it when performing controlled exercises. Once I play sports or start introducing dynamic movements, I I wouldn’t be able to use proper bio mechanics.
Now it’s pretty easy for me to get into a great position where my patella tracks with ZERO pain. The right knee feels a little unstable, so I’m not jumping into any crazy yet. For now I’ll focus on gaining that stability back and hopefully will be on a great track from here on out.
My next battle will be with my thoracic and shoulder areas. 🙂
Dry needling, is this acupuncture?
Dry needling is one of many techniques used in acupuncture – at least this was the impression I got from Cook’s video.