Dry needling for post-ACDF hand/arm pain and numbness
I started a new PT yesterday to try and get some relief from my continuing arm/hand pain and numbness, which my C3-C6 ACDF surgery has not fixed. In fact it is a little worse now. (I have explained this in more detail in other posts).
My current PT has suggested dry needling and my surgeon said "go for it", albeit with the caveat that it might not help.
People who push dry needling are very concerned to indicate that it is a "Western" medicine technique and to differentiate it from acupuncture.
But as far as I can tell, it is related to "trigger points" in the muscle (or fascia) similar to what is promoted by myo-fascial release therapy.
In any event, I still do not see how addressing trigger points would help my constant nerve pain and numbness. Shouldn't there be a specific diagnosis that can be pointed to, e.g. "your pre- and post-surgery nerve issues are related to factor X, which dry needling with correct, or at least address".
I do not see this type of direct cause-effect in any of the discussions of dry needling I have read so far.
Finally, I would love to get relief, even if there is no clear cause, but I am skeptical about people promoting something that I cannot understand.