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Question: Dry Needle Treatment

I have a Partial/subtoal rupture of the anterior tibiofibular ligament & ATFL my foot consultant has surgessted Dry Needle Treatment, has anyone had this treatment for ruptured ligament damage and can you comment please as I am terrified of needles.


Hi there

I am an Australian Kinesiologist/sports therapist.

The ATFL is part of the connective tissue which connects everything to everything in the body. problems like overtightness and injuries are often related to vitamin C deficiencies. As this vitamin is responsible for flexibility in our connective tissue (Look up Vitamin C and connective tissue on the web) and the delivery of healing oxygen it is the first thing I recommend in your type of injuries.
3000 mg in tablet form would be your best advise. Get 250 mg tabs and eat them like lollies.
I am not a doctor so I can't put you on drugs, but even if I was a doctor I wouldn't let you do drugs. I have never heard of dry needle treatment so can't comment on that.

Good luck




Hi I am a Sports Therapist and my practice is based in numerous bodywork techniques.
I recently learned of Dr. Ma, having visited his office in the mountains in Boulder, CO where my boyfriend is being treated with acupuncture for torn tendons and ligament damage. He went on the advice of a friend who told him that that was the only relief he found form the same injury that my boyfriend has. My boyfriend is getting tremendous relief and is healing. He previously made no progress with healing, in fact felt it get worse on a day to day basis.
Visit Dr. Ma's website
where he describes the dry needling classes he teaches to doctors of various levels and includes a massage therapist or two in each class, as they understand what is neccessary about muscles and other soft tissue in order to properly learn the dry needling technique.
Hope this helps...good luck





Dr. Ma also recommends drinking fresh made vegetable juices for healing. They will help with inflammation, bone renewal, soft tissue renewal. Best are Celery, Carrot, Parsley, cucmber, beet, and we throw in some apple for sweetness. YUM!



I am a physio in South Africa. Dry needling is a common practice amoungst physios and chiropracters here and I use it alot in my practice.

How it works... Dry Needling can be used to treat amoungst others: Chronic pain, fibrotic scar tissue, trigger points and muscles spasm

In your case, ligament rupture involves a certain amount of trauma to the surrounding tissues. With any trauma, healing involves the formation of fibrous scar tissue which if not resolved or mobilized may be a cause of pain and discomfort later on. I'm not sure how long ago you ligament sprain was but if it is no longer in the acute stage of healing, dry needling can definately help to disrupt stubborn scar tissue and promote circulation and further healing in the area.

By placing a needle into the scar tissue, you create a clean microtrauma which tells the brain to send blood with healing proteins to the area. It also stimulates the body to produce its own opiods or pain killers.

Although I believe that dry needling is an effective treatment technique for your kind of proble, I most definately think that it can only be optimally effective when used in combination with soft tissue mobilization and gentle stretches as well as strengthening of the dynamic stability of the ankle joint.

The needles we use are really tiny (0.25mm thick) and it really is a lot less painful than an injection but if you have a phobia of needles then it's best not to go ahead with it until you are ready because I find that the anxiety and sympathetic reaction stimulated by a significant fear of needles may actually do more harm than good.

Please let me know if you have any more questions regarding this matter.



I had the dry needling technique six days ago to treat a gluteal minimus tear that has not resolved in 8 months. (I also have a labral tear but this does not appear to be causing me any discomfort). At the time I also received a kenalog injection with Marcaine around the greater trochanter and had the bursa drained. The first 24 hours were fine but since then I have been in excruitiating pain up in the gluteal muscle. The injection site is relatively pain fee. I called the Radiology office where I had the procedure done and was told that the dry needle was inserted near the greater tronchanter and up into the muscle about 4 inches multiple times. This is the reason that my pain is so intense six days later. I was hopeful that this procedure would greatly reduce my pain level as I have not been able to apply much weight to my left side since the injury occurred. Is this reaction fairly normal considering the depth of the dry needling?


I am not a doctor so I can't put you on drugs, but even if I was a doctor I wouldn't let you do drugs. I have never heard of dry needle treatment so can't comment on that.

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