In orthopaedic manual physical therapy, the techniques get all the attention. Manipulation, mobilization, muscle energy, neural mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, etc. You can now add Dry Needling (DN) to this list. Any seasoned clinician will tell you that learning these techniques, with practice, is the easy part. Being able to implement them efficiently and effectively is the hard part. Considering DN, understanding the genesis of myofascial pain, applicable pain science, the mechanisms of DN, its application to orthopaedic diagnoses, and the proper historical context is crucial to understanding the theory behind DN. However, when not placed in the context of a thorough subjective history, a comprehensive neuromusculoskeletal examination, appropriate differential diagnosis and clinical reasoning, it can be challenging to accurately identify the most appropriate patients and achieve optimal patient outcomes.
In this PT Profile we're excited to introduce you to Gary Kearns, PT, COMT, FAAOMPT. Gary graduated in 2002 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) with his MPT, followed up with NAIOMT coursework and completed our fellowship program in 2010. He's currently completing his Doctor of Science (ScD) at TTUHSC and practices in an outpatient clinic in Dallas, TX, where he's also an Education Coordinator. Let's ask him a few questions, shall we?