Courtney Crawford, PT, CIDN, graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Science Minor in Biology and Masters in Physical Therapy. She was active in Division I College Track and Field and currently participates in running events.  He athletic experience makes her highly effective with the sports medicine population and she has over ten years experience in orthopedic physical therapy. Courtney applies her extensive orthopedic skill set to assist a variety of patients to full recovery.  You will be greeted with a friendly upbeat style and advanced care.  Courtney is also part of our Dry Needling team!

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​How Does Dry Needling & Cupping Work?

Dry needling works at the systemic and local tissue level in order to restore internal homeostasis.  Homeostasis is a process in which the body's internal environment is stable, despite changes in external conditions.  IDN promotes self healing.  

Soft tissue dysfunction involves soft tissue injuries including tissue inflammation, sensitized nerve tissue, scar tissue formation, tissue adhesion, and deficiency in blood and lymphatic circulation.  The process of inserting a sterile needle starts with puncturing the skin, and then involves physical stretching of the tissues by mobilizing the needle and creating lesions in the soft tissue.  This initiates a tissue remodeling process to reduce tissue tension, normalize local inflammation, and replace injured tissues.  IDN can produce a local twitch response when inserted into an active trigger point and this will reduce referred trigger point pain.  

The IDN process also works with the systemic nervous system using peripheral nerve mapping to reduce the neurogenic inflammation for pain management of neuropathic and radiculopathis syndromes.  

Advanced IDN therapists also use micro-vasuclar techniques, such as cupping and

electrical stimulation with the needling.  These techniques follow the same

principles of foundational integrative dry needling.  Cupping involves placing cups

on the skin to create suction and facilitate blood flow.  This helps relieve muscle

tension, which improves overall circulation and promotes cell repair.  Cupping is

used along with manual therapy and exercise to give patients optimal treatment


Sternen Physical Therapy welcomed David Nelson, DPT, CIDN, to the practice in September 2017.   He provides comprehensive orthopedic care, manual therapy, and dry needling. David Graduated from the University of Kentucky where his education emphasis was orthopeadics and rural health. David enjoys using creativity to assist clients to return to their passions with improve function.

Jessica Pisano, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CIDN, received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with dual concentration in Psychology and Philosophy from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2008 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2010. In 2014, she completed her Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a fellow and member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Since 2015, Jessica has taken training in Dr. Ma's Integrative Dry Needling and is now offering her services at Sternen Physical Therapy in Beachwood, Ohio.  Jessica's expert manual skills are complemented by the addition of Dr. Ma's method of Integrative Dry Needling for maximal patient care results.

Do you have...

Persistent trigger points or knots?

Chronic headache pain or body pain?

Jaw pain?  Full body aches?

Scar tissue that is painful?

Joint pain?  Inflamed tendons?  Muscle tension?

Radicular symptoms in extremities?

Restricted range of motion?  

...IDN & Cupping may be a good treatment option for you.

Take the first step.  Call today for an evaluation with one of our skilled team members.

physical Therapy Evaluation

A comprehensive physical therapy evaluation will be completed prior to performing dry needling techniques as part of your treatment plan.  

posture Evaluation

Identify misalignment of spinal curves and areas of musculoskeletal imbalance.

spine evaluation

Spinal range of motion, muscle testing, joint palpation, and basic neurology testing of the spine to determine if nerve impingement, disc pathology, and/or spinal facet restrictions contribute to your pain.

joint evaluation

Specific joint range of motion, muscle testing, and special tests to determine joint pathology.

Palpation Testing

Application of hands on techniques to identify restrictions in the fascia, joints, and muscles that contribute to your pain.  Identify muscle trigger points that reproduce your pain referral patterns.  Determines stiff capsular patterns of joints.  

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What is Dry Needling?  

Dry Needling is a manual technique and therapeutic modality in which a sterile solid filament needle is inserted into soft tissues at points selected by your physical therapist.  It is a highly effective form of physical therapy treatment for a multitude of musculoskeletal, neurogenic, and inflammatory conditions.

Integrative Dry Needling (IDN)

IDN is based on the research and work of Dr. Yun-Tao Ma from the American Dry Needling Institute.  Students attend foundational and advanced courses to become certified in the IDN process.  Advanced courses include other micro-vascular therapy including IDN with electrical stimulation and cupping.  

Meet our advanced integrative dry needling team!

Dry Needling & Cupping