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.

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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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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What Causes Back Pain When Getting Out of a Chair?

Everyday I have at least one patient who tells me their back hurts when they get out of a chair. They usually come to me with a long history of MRI images showing arthritis in their facet joints, bulges, herniations and degenerative disc disease. So what causes back pain when getting out of a chair?

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How bad the MRI looks DOES NOT predict the level of pain

How bad the MRI looks does not predict the level of pain. This has been proven with HUGE studies.
So why do doctors rely so heavily on MRI results? Well, in order to get paid by your insurance company there has to be a diagnosis that can be justified. What’s better than a picture where you can simply point to a structure and say this is the problem.

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It’s never just one thing that causes your pain

It’s never just one thing that causes your pain, in the end it comes down to a combination of things – how you move, how you recover/heal, but most importantly how your nervous system is working. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and

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Healing isn’t linear

Healing isn’t Linear Healing isn’t magic – it takes time to happen. In the day to day it’s going to be up and down, two steps forward and one step back. I have this conversation every single day. We want change right now. We want to feel better because when you’re hurting life isn’t fun.

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Back Pain Patient Win!

Back pain is one of the most common problems I see in my Dry Needling clinic & Acupuncture Clinic in Tampa, FL. Here’s a quick patient win where for a 47 year old male who had a L5/s1 lumbar discectomy surgery. He was still dealing with pain and spasms 2 years later and taking muscle

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Is physical therapy good for my pain?

In the end, movement is essential to live a life with less pain. But the problem is most people want to jump straight to movement therapy when their body isn’t ready for it. There’s a sequence that has to happen before you can move with good biomechanics. Stacking physical therapy on top of a painful

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Could your knee pain be coming from your back?

So this over the past couple of weeks I’ve been doing a lot of yardwork – we have this little creek that runs through our backyard and I’ve been cleaning out the bank to make it look nice. Well my back has gotten pretty sore from so much rotation when raking up and throwing leaves

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