This course will provide the background and fundamental information about the history of dry needling, proposed mechanisms, safety, precautions, indications, contraindications, and basic evidence.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    CDC Needle Safety

    • Preventing Needle Sticks Lecture 1

    • Preventing Needle Sticks Lecture 2

    • Preventing Needle Stick Lecture 3

  • 2

    Readings for Course

    • Dunning TDN lit review and practice guidelines

    • Mechanisms of TDN Butts et al., 2016. Int j Phys Med & Rehabil. Peripheral and Spinal Mechanisms of Pain and Dry Needling Mediated Analgesia-A Clinical Resource Guide for Health Care Professionals

    • Patient Perspective Keitrys

    • Morihsa DN for Lower Quarter

    • Kietry DN for Upper Quarter

    • DN Cervical Epidural Hematoma case report

    • Clewley 2014 - DN and Frozen Shoulder

    • Radial nerve injury Dry needling 2018

  • 3

    Introduction to Dry Needling

    • Dry Needling- History

    • Dry Needling- Current Practice

    • Dry Needling- Mechanisms

    • Dry Needling- Evidence

    • Dry Needling- Safety

About the instructor

Primary Instructor

Mark Milligan

Dr. Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is an orthopedic manual therapist that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal spinal conditions and is Board Certified in Orthopaedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He is also certified in dry needling and in Therapeutic Pain Science. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of the Colorado, School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He went on to complete an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship with Evidence in Motion (EIM). He is a full-time clinician and owner of Revolution Human Physical Therapy and Education, a private, cash-based, concierge physical therapy and wellness practice in Austin, Texas. He is also a physical therapist with Encompass Home Health in Austin, Texas. Dr. Milligan serves as adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs at South College and The University of St. Augustine. Dr. Milligan is also primary faculty for Musculoskeletal Courses. He previously taught trigger point dry needling courses for EIM across the country. Mark has presented at numerous state and national conferences about dry needling and has been published in peer reviewed journals. He is an active member of the TPTA, APTA, and AAOMPT and is current the Capital Area District Chair for the Texas Physical Therapy Association and has great interest in governmental affairs

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This course is required prior to onsite weekend lab!

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