In addition to our orthopedic offices, we conduct follow-up physical therapy and training sessions at two convenient locations: Wakefield and Knightdale. The Wakefield physical therapy office is located in the same building as our Wakefield orthopedic office in the suite next door. The Knightdale physical therapy office is located in the same building as our Knightdale orthopedic office.
In addition to traditional physical therapy techniques we also offer these specialty services:
OrthoNC Physical Therapy is proud to now offer aquatic physical therapy at our Wakefield location. Aquatic therapy will be provided in a heated, saline, therapy pool located in the Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield. Aquatic therapy is very beneficial for patients with lower extremity arthritis, low back pain, obesity and any patients who have difficulty with land-based therapy. The buoyancy and resistance properties of water make for a perfect therapy environment. For more information about how aquatic therapy may help you, please call our physical therapy office.
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research
Why Dry Needling?
In cases when dry needling is used by physical therapists, it is typically one technique that's part of a larger treatment plan.
Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research 2 supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient's return to active rehabilitation.
As part of their entry level education, our physical therapists are well educated in anatomy and therapeutic treatment of the body. Physical therapists who perform dry needling supplement that knowledge by obtaining specific postgraduate education and training.