Our exceptional staff will help you recover from the physical and functional issues associated with your condition, as you work toward a better quality of life. We also offer Occupational Therapy at Tristar Hendersonville Medical Center, helping you to meet and master the challenges of everyday living.
Many of our therapists have earned certification in specialty areas of Occupational and Physical Therapy. This demonstrates their commitment to the highest standards of performance and the latest techniques, and our dedication to providing the best patient care for you.
General Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday | 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
P: (615) 826-4205
F: (615) 826-4087
We accept most insurances. Please call our office for additional information.
Services Offered Include:
- Sports Medicine
- Pre and Post Surgical care
- Total Joint care
- Manual therapy
- Mulligan Techniques
- McKenzine Techniques
- Postural Analysis and treatment
- Fall Prevention program
- Vestibular Program
- Mechanical Diagnosis & Treatment
- Active Release Technique (ART)
- Spine Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Modalities (to include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and spinal traction)
- Kinesio Taping
- Gait Training
- Balance Therapy
- Proprioception and Balance Training
- Home exercise program specifically designed for you
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment
- Work Conditioning
Katie is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. She completed her orthopaedic residency at Loyola of Chicago. Katie focuses on comprehensive treatment to improve every patient’s overall quality of life using the most up to date research.
Katie is certified in dry needling through additional education and training. She uses dry needling, in addition to treatment, for releasing trigger points or muscle spasms. Dry needling assists with decreasing pain, improving dysfunction and reducing muscle tension.
What is Dry Needling?
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.
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.
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body.
What kind of needles are used?
Dry needling involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.
Why dry needling?
In cases when dry needling is used by physical therapists, it is typically 1 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 research2 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, 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. When contacting a physical therapist for dry needling treatment, be sure to ask about their specific experience and education.
Call Katie at 615-826-4205 to schedule an appointment!
- Cummings MT, White AR. Needling therapies in the management of myofascial trigger point pain: a systematic review. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001;82(7):986–992. Free Article.
- Kalichman L, Vulfsons S. Dry needling in the management musculoskeletal pain. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010;23(5):640–646. Free Article.