DHA Dry Needling Level 1 Course JUN 2024

June 7, 2024 to June 9, 2024

Program Description

This course will enable clinicians to provide evidence-based pain management techniques to effectively treat acute and chronic myofascial pain without the use of pharmacologic treatments within a multimodal treatment plan. Students will conduct a thorough review of clinically relevant anatomy with hands on lab training with the conduct of advanced palpation, functional assessments, and the application of safe trigger point dry needling techniques in the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine. Upon course completion, participants will be able to perform non-pharmacological pain management interventions for musculoskeletal injuries using trigger point dry needling techniques to facilitate expedited return to duty timelines using safe and conservative treatment options outside of medication and profiling alone.

DHA Dry Needling Level 1 Course – Day 1 (7.50 clock hours)
0700 - 1600 (PST)/1000-1900 (EST)

DHA Dry Needling Level 1 Course - Day 2 (8.00 clock hours)
0700 - 1630 (PST)/1000-1930 (EST)

DHA Dry Needling Level 1 Course – Day 3 (6.00 clock hours)
0700 - 1400 (PST)/1000-1700 (EST)

Target Audience

This activity provides continuing education for physicians and physical therapists. A certificate of attendance is available for other attendees.

Learning Objectives


DHA Dry Needling Level 1 Course – Day 1

Introduction to Dry Needling- Literature Review – 120 minutes

  1. Define terminology, physiology, and theory of dry needling.
  2. Review and synthesize the current body of clinical research available for and against dry needling for neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Explain the role of dry needling in the military medical system and the legal aspects of provider liability.
  4. Describe documentation to provide this treatment modality and physical therapy.

Palpation & Assessment Lab - 45 minutes

  1. Identify areas of soft tissue dysfunction, often referred to as "trigger points", and their potential symptom Referral patterns which may benefit from dry needling intervention.
  2. Describe a review of important anatomical structures to consider when conducting dry needling.

Orientation to Needles - 45 minutes

  1. Demonstrate safe handling of acupuncture needles during the intervention of trigger point dry needling.
  2. Describe and identify the safety considerations associated with needling techniques related to various anatomical structures.

Anterior Thigh Dry Needling Lab - 120 minutes

  1. Explain the indications, assessments, and techniques for dry needling the anterior thigh.
  2. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of needling techniques for anterior thigh musculature reviewed in the course.
  3. Discuss practical applications in treating this area for specific medical conditions.

Adductors and Posterior Thigh Dry Needling Lab - 120 minutes

  1. Explain the indications, assessments, and techniques for dry needling the posterior thigh.
  2. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of needling techniques for posterior thigh musculature reviewed in the course.
  3. Discuss practical applications in treating this area for specific medical conditions.
     

DHA Dry Needling Level 1 Course - Day 2

Hip/Pelvis Dry Needling Lecture & Lab - 120 minutes

  1. Explain the indications, assessments, and techniques for dry needling the hip and pelvis.
  2. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of needling techniques for proximal hip and pelvis musculature reviewed in the course.
  3. Discuss practical applications in treating this area for specific medical conditions.

Lumbar Spine Dry Needling Lecture & Lab - 120 minutes

  1. Explain the indications, assessments, and techniques for dry needling the lumbar spine.
  2. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of needling techniques for lumbar spine musculature reviewed in the course.
  3. Discuss practical applications in treating this area for specific medical conditions.

Distal Lower Extremity Dry Needling Lecture & Lab - 120 minutes

  1. Explain the indications, assessments, and techniques for dry needling the distal leg.
  2. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of needling techniques for distal leg musculature reviewed in the course.
  3. Discuss practical applications in treating this area for specific medical conditions.

Shoulder Dry Needling Lecture & Lab - 120 minutes

  1. Explain the indications, assessments, and techniques for dry needling the shoulder complex.
  2. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of needling techniques for shoulder complex musculature reviewed in the course.
  3. Discuss practical applications in treating this area for specific medical conditions.
     

DHA Dry Needling Level 1 Course – Day 3

Cervical Spine Dry Needling Lab - 120 minutes

  1. Explain the indications, assessments, and techniques for dry needling the cervical spine region.
  2. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of needling techniques for cervical spine musculature reviewed in the course.
  3. Discuss practical applications in treating this area for specific medical conditions.

Distal Upper Extremity Dry Needling Lab - 120 minutes

  1. Explain the indications, assessments, and techniques for dry needling the upper extremity region (hand, wrist, elbow).
  2. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of needling techniques for the upper extremity musculature reviewed in the course.
  3. Discuss practical applications in treating this area for specific medical conditions.

Clinical Application of Dry Needling: Case Scenarios & Application of Techniques - 90 minutes

  1. Discuss and review relevant case studies that apply directly to clinical practice for specific common orthopedic conditions.
  2. Describe safety precautions, indications and contraindications of the dry needling skills learned during the course and how to apply them in the clinic.

Course Comprehensive Written and Lab Practicum Testing - 30 minutes

  1. Students will complete a 30-question written test and complete conduct a clinical practicum testing.
  2. Students will be required to needle two (2) muscle groups and demonstrate safe needle handling, standard precautions/infection control, palpation, and treatment techniques.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    DHA J-7 CEPO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DHA J-7 CEPO designated this Course activity for a maximum of 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 21.50 APTA
    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    The DHA, J-7, CEPO is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Approved Provider of continuing education. This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 2.15 APTA CEUs. The assignment of APTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by APTA. APTA CEUs are accepted by most state PT licensing boards. Learners are encouraged to check with their local chapter or state board to ensure that they accept APTA accredited courses for licensure renewal.
  • 21.50 Certificate of Attendance
  • 21.50 IPCE
    This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners can receive up to 21.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change. In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by DHA, J-7, CEPO. DHA, J-7, CEPO is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP), and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Course opens: 
06/05/2024
Course expires: 
06/23/2024
Event starts: 
06/07/2024 - 10:00am EDT
Event ends: 
06/09/2024 - 5:00pm EDT
Camp Pendleton, CA
United States

Navy Lt Cmdr. Preston Casper, PT, DPT, DSc, SCS. Presenter has no financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosures: DHA J-7 staff, Planning Committee Members and content reviewers have no financial or non-financial interest to disclose. All faculty members have no financial or non-financial interest to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
    DHA J-7 CEPO is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DHA J-7 CEPO designated this Course activity for a maximum of 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 21.50 APTA
    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    The DHA, J-7, CEPO is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Approved Provider of continuing education. This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 2.15 APTA CEUs. The assignment of APTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by APTA. APTA CEUs are accepted by most state PT licensing boards. Learners are encouraged to check with their local chapter or state board to ensure that they accept APTA accredited courses for licensure renewal.
  • 21.50 Certificate of Attendance
  • 21.50 IPCE
    This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners can receive up to 21.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change. In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by DHA, J-7, CEPO. DHA, J-7, CEPO is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP), and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
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