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Introduction to Dry Needling
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Course sponsored by the Capital Area District and is approved for 3.5 CCUs.

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016
1:00 PM
Where: University of St. Augustine
United States
Presenter: Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Contact: Suzanne Trotter, PT, DPT

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Introductory overview of therapeutic dry needling, trigger point identification, uses, application, dosage, and contraindications, risk, side-effects.



At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the ability and appropriateness of physical therapists in providing trigger point dry needling to patients with musculoskeletal disorders.  Review the APTA, AAOMPT, and state board position statements regarding this intervention.
  • Compare and contrast the differences in acupuncture and dry needling in terms of eastern vs. western treatment philosophies, needling technique, and goals of intervention.
  • Review and define the concept of trigger points and their contribution to myofascial pain syndromes.
  • Discuss the evidence surrounding the proposed mechanisms of action, treatment effectiveness, and relative safety for TDN.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate application of TDN on a few selected muscles of the lower quarter.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate integration of TDN into a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with lower extremity dysfunction that may include joint mobilization/manipulation, manual and tool assisted soft tissue mobilization, manual stretching, and therapeutic exercise.
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety precautions and articulate legal issues regarding TDN.

Speaker Bio

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 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 also a member of the first cohort to be certified in Therapeutic Neuroscience Education with the International Spine and Pain Institute.  He is a full-time clinician.  Dr. Milligan has taught and lectured about trigger point dry needling across the country and serves as primary faculty for EIM. He serves as adjunct faculty to 2 Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. He is an active member of the APTA, TPTA, and AAOMPT and has great interest in governmental affairs. He currently holds the position of Chair of the Capital Area District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association. When not in the clinic, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather, his daughter, Orli, and his Labrador, Luna. He also enjoys spending his time outdoors riding his mountain and road bikes and playing golf.

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