Diagnostic Ultrasound For The Assessment & Dry Needling Treatment Of Tendinopathy




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IDN-Diagnostic Ultrasound For The Assessment & Dry Needling Treatment Of Tendinopathy

Diagnostic Ultrasound for The Assessment & Dry Needling Treatment of Tendinopathy is a 2-day, 95% hands-on-training course. In this advanced level course, you will master the 5 P’s system of diagnostic US assessment and treatment to confidently identify normal anatomy to facilitate clinical decision-making. Ultrasound guided dry needling treatment is focused on utilizing percutaneous needle tenotomy (PNT) for all the shoulder tendon insertions and other common sites of tendinopathy of the upper and lower extremity such as lateral elbow, achilles tendon insertion, patella tendon, quadriceps tendon insertion, gluteus medius and minimus insertions. Research of PNT on commonly visualized tendon dysfunction supports that dry needling, in the symptomatic areas, can yield long-term benefits that rival wet needling procedures i.e. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. US promotes patient engagement by providing real-time visuals  demonstrating the anatomical condition of their joints and tendons.
[Prerequisite-prior DN training/experience is required. Your training can be with a different continuing education provider, you do not need to be trained specifically by  IDN]

The purpose of the Diagnostic Ultrasound for The Assessment & Dry Needling Treatment of Tendinopathy is to obtain the knowledge and psychomotor skills necessary to visualize joints, muscles and tendons to safely and effectively deliver dry needling treatment.

This 2-day applied-learning course combines live instructor demonstrations with practical hands-on labs. Students participate in small groups of 2 -3 clinicans working together to  obtain reliable and reproducible US images that are evaluated by the instructor with individual feedback provided. Supervised lab sessions are performed to safely and effectively visualize, and deliver dry needle treatment to pathologic tendons and other soft tissue structures.


7:30 am Registration - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (lunch 12:30 – 1:30)


8:00 am to 6:00 pm (lunch 12:30 – 1:30)

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  1. Demonstrate the application of the 5 P’s of MSK ultrasound in a given body part in labs and during the practical examination.
  2. Discuss the current research on the benefits of percutaneous needle tenotomy for a given case study example.
  3. Independently demonstrate competence and safe technique in dry needling tendons while utilizing ultrasound.
  4. Demonstrate and produce images practicing scanning protocol for the shoulder and other specific tendons for the upper and lower extremities during lab sessions.
  5. Demonstrate the normal sonographic anatomy of the shoulder and various tendons of the upper and lower extremities during lab sessions.
  6. Demonstrate in and out of plane ultrasound guided dry needling techniques for a given musculoskeletal condition.
  7. Demonstrate ultrasound guided dry needling treatments for tendons of the upper and lower extremities for a given case study.

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Student Testimonials

The pre-course handout was very helpful. There was plenty of time to really dive deep into assessing and then needling. Steve is extremely knowledgeable and there was enough lab time to really practice and learn the technique.

Enough lab time to really practice KATHERINE WELDON, PT

I have been to many continuing education courses and this course with Steve is one of the best I have attended. Steve is very knowledgeable and the course covered a ton of clinical material.

Course covered a ton of clinical material ERIK HOLMES, PT

Great course with very relevant clinical application. Being able to view, treat and diagnose is a game changer.

Game changer DAN FLEURY, PT

Great course, great instructor and a great new tool to add to the tool box. Very excited to use in the clinic.

Great course, great instructor KATE SERODIO, PT


    The course is structured around practical hands-on clinical training in a supervised and supportive environment.

    • PowerPoint presentations

      PowerPoint presentations supporting proper technique and current research.

    • Use of MSK ultrasound videos

      Improve the participants understanding and appreciation for the anatomical structures of what is normal.

    • Instructor demonstration of the techniques is enhanced with video technology

      Always providing you the best seat in the house!

    • Personalized practices

      Small group practice of MSK ultrasound imaging skills for specific structures in the upper and lower extremities

    • Multiples techniques

      Implement and practice utilizing different handling techniques of the transducer to optimize the MSK ultrasound image.


    Have additional questions after the course? No problem -we got you! Your registration in any IDN course provides you unlimited access to our Professional Discussion Forum. You can get your questions answered by an IDN instructor or another IDN practitioner.

    It is a great place to ask, answer and network with other IDN practitioners and instructors!