Articles on Dry Needling, Neurofunctional Acupuncture & Prolotherapy

Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM

Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM

Dr. Hanson specializes in the treatment of pain using dry needling, Neurofunctional acupuncture & prolotherapy. Having performed 30,000+ procedures and consulting with 4 professional sports teams in the Tampa region makes him one of the more advanced needling practitioners in the State of Florida.

What is functional Medicine? Everything you need to know!

Functional medicine is the future of medicine. It is a personalized systems based medicine. It honors the fact your body is a complex system within a collection of smaller parts. And the way these individual parts interact has a direct influence and determines how the system as a whole functions. With functional medicine the goal is to determine the root cause of your symptoms. There is a strong focus on nutrition, lifestyle, and natural approaches.

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Your MRI is useless

Your MRI isn’t magical. It’s just a picture. You’re a dynamic complex system that has an amazing ability to adapt. A picture doesn’t tell the whole picture of why or where you are experiencing pain. Everyday in my clinic I get someone who is sold on the idea that their MRI describes their exact pain.

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Dry needling for sciatica 

Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that can be very debilitating. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from this condition, you know how frustrating and painful it can be. There are many treatments available for sciatica, but some people find that they don’t respond well to traditional treatments like physical therapy and cortisone injections. The good news is there’s a different option called dry needling for sciatica that is specifically designed to help treat pain, and can especially help sciatica.

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Are your headaches coming from your neck?

You wouldn’t believe how many people with chronic headaches and migraines I see on a weekly basis who have been put through the ringer – they’ve usually traveled to Jacksonville to meet with a team of doctors at the Mayo Clinic. They’ve exhausted the laundry list of medications that have been thrown at them. They get botox injections every 3 months to try and calm their headaches and migraines. But still – they get those debilitating headaches regularly. So what’s missing? Why isn’t anything helping?

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Is your foot pain really plantar fasciitis?

You wouldn’t believe how often I see patients with chronic foot pain that’s failed treatment from their podiatrist. It’s the same story everytime. They were told they have plantar fasciitis. They’re bought every pair or orthotic shoes, tried night splints, and had multiple cortisone injections into their plantar fascia. And still their foot is killing them.Just last week I saw 3 new patients with this same story. Let’s dive in to the other causes of foot pain and what you can do for it!

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Perineural Injection Therapy in Tampa, FL

Neural Prolotherapy (NPT has a new name Lyftogt Perinural Injection Treatment) is a simple and very effective treatment for pain. It uses injection of dextrose (a natural sugar molecule) near cutaneous nerves that extinguishes neurogenic pain and neurogenic inflammation. Perineural injection therapy (also called neural prolotherapy or Lyftogt perineural injection therapy) helps calm pain and reduce neurogenic inflammation almost immediately.

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Why does my shoulder hurt when I reach across my body? 

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and keep it in place. These muscles and tendons help lift the arm and rotate it inwards and outwards. The shoulder is a super complex joint that has the most range of motion in the body, which inherently makes it

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How Irritated Nerves Can Cause Your Pain

Ever throw your back out? Once it happens, it seems like you’re more prone to it happening again and again. You might get a year or 6 months until it happens again… but it will. And then it will happen more and more. The research shows that ~40% of low back pain cases come from

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What Is Causing Pain on the Inside of My Knee?

Pain on the side of your knee is a common problem I see in the clinic. It’s funny, most people come to me worried about their meniscus or arthritis. But no one is talking about the Pes Anserine. The Pes Anserine is where many important muscles & tendons attach on the inside of your knee.

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What Causes Numbness in My Arm When I Sleep?

Yesterday morning I had 3 back to back patients who had numbness and tingling in their arm. This is a common problem that can be caused by a couple of different issues. Let’s dive into what I see most in clinic. The Main Culprit for Arm Numbness When Sleeping The most common cause of arm

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