Dry Needling in Bel Air, MD

We are pleased to offer dry needling for the treatment of pain and injuries.

What is dry needling ?

Dry needling is a proven, safe and effective treatment that uses needle stimulation directly to trigger points without the injection of substances.

Is dry needling acupuncture?  

Dry needling uses a needle similar to that used in acupuncture but varies in size depending on the area of treatment.  Acupuncture generally uses Chinese medicine theories and body meridians.  Dry needling is using a handful of needles is a specific trigger point or points close together.    

How do I know if dry needling would be a good choice for me?

Schedule and exam and consultation with one our doctors and they will recommend the best treatments for your specific condition.  

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Why does dry needling work?

Research has shown that the pain relief obtained from medical injections apparently is not dependent on the specific properties of the substance injected , but the precise location of the point to be injected and the stimulation of the needle itself.   In short the needle is causing the healing not the substance left behind.  The idea is to irritate the area so that the body remembers that there is an injury and heals the area.  

Trigger points are hyperirritable spots in muscle that are extremely painful and deep in the muscle.  These spots cause referred pain and motor dysfunction. It has been said that  trigger points are the most commonly missed diagnosis in chronic pain patients.

Some examples

  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • TMJ pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue

Do the needles hurt?  

Much like acupuncture when the needle is inserted you feel the plastic sleeve that surrounds the needle as it touches your skin.  The “prick” of the needle is not felt at all as these needles are so thin they can not be felt.  Many patients will feel some discomfort in the trigger point.  This is to be expected as the goal is to irritate the trigger point so that healing can occur.    

Dry needling. It is quick, easy and very effective.


While traveling my computer back fell off my shoulder and I caught it on my arm right below my elbow.  There was no visible bruise or soreness to the area.  Six weeks later there was pain in my wrist.  It started small but quickly got worse.  It was difficult to use a computer.  It hurt to rotate my wrist.  I hand no strength to grip anything I could not open doors .   It got so bad that I could not move my last two fingers.   As went to see Dr. Lee he was examining my wrist and could not find anything wrong.  He kept asking how i hurt it and there was no injury.  So he moved up my arm looking for an injury.  He found a trigger point where it was extremely sore right below my elbow.  It was then I remembered about the computer bag.  He used 3 needles inserted into the 3 most tender spots.  They hurt for a few minutes he explained that he was irritating a hurt area.  Once the needles were removed the pain down my arm was significantly less.  After 3-4 sessions and it was completely gone.  – Susie age 40


I have been having severe pain since 2014. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition [as] severe arthritis. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back, worse than before. Dr. Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan... After the 1st visit my pain has decreased. I can already feel a big difference.

E.M., 68

Before coming to Dr. Lee, my ankle pain would wake me up during the night because of its severity. Dr. Lee has helped alleviate the pain in my ankle. By performing specific exercises twice per week, the pain is non-existent!

Nick, 33

I have been a patient of Dr.Lee's for about 10 months now. As a 22 year old, I have been suffering from back pain since I was about 13 years old. The pain increased a few years ago and despite physical therapy performed at other facilities, and pain medications from the doctor I was unable to control the level of discomfort. I found Dr. Lee and have been extremely happy with my results.

Dennet L.

I came to Dr. Lee with several aches and pains. I was nervous about receiving chiropractic treatment but Dr. Lee eased my concerns by thoroughly making sure that I was a safe candidate for adjustments... After regular adjustments and Physical Therapy, my knee pain is gone, my elbow pain is gone, my ankle and wrist are improving AND I’m reducing the migraines I used to get too!

Amy, 31

I began seeing Dr. Lee after noticing severe tenderness and pain in my left hip region... I was lucky to find Dr. Lee when I did, not only did he help me discover that the pain in my hip was actually related to a mass growing uncontrollably but he also gave me the comfort I’d been searching for with chiropractic. I’d recommend Dr. Lee to anyone who wants to be pain-free!

Pam, 19

I have had lower back problems for about 35 years. As I aged, they were getting worse. I also noticed I was over weight. I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab because Dr. Lee could address both issues as part of a unified plan. The diet regimen, chiropractic, and personalized exercises worked!

Tony, 63

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had pain in my neck and shoulders... Now that I’m an adult, my pain continues, but Dr. Lee is helping me a lot. I have an appointment twice a week, and I can definitely tell a difference. I use pain management along with the tens unit and physical therapy. All three of these services are working great and I’m definitely feeling better.

Andrea, 28

I have had back problems for years. I have been to other chiropractors I have even gone to medical doctors no one has been able to make it feel any better. Then I found Dr. Lee I have finally found relief. I am feeling so much better after starting care at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab.

S. age 60

I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel... After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis... Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!

Randy, 25

When I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab I was very skeptical. After only 2 weeks at Susquehanna Spine and Rehab the severe pain in my neck, shoulder and arm had greatly improved … NO MORE PAIN! I can now sleep through the night without waking up in pain! THANK YOU SUSQUEHANNA SPINE & REHAB!!!

TM age 63

My daughter started falling up the stairs at school and having severe knee pain for no apparent reason... Dr. Lee did a thorough exam and walked us through his entire treatment plan. Every appointment was made at a time convenient to my schedule. Heather has made wonderful progress and is now pain-free. Dr. Lee was always available for questions and kept me well informed of her progress.

Heather, 13

I have been to too many chiropractors to count in five different states and this is the best chiropractor I have been to so far.

Abingdon MD