Courtney Crawford, PT 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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What is dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a manual technique and therapeutic modality in which a sterile solid filament needle is inserted into soft tissue for soft tissue dysfunction.  It is a highly effective form of physical therapy treatment for a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions.

Integrative Dry Needling (IDN)

Integrative Dry Needling is based on the research and work of Dr. Yun-Tao Ma from the American Dry Needling Institute.  It will be used at the discretion of your physical therapist. 

How Does Dry Needling 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.  Dry needling 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.  

When inserted into the muscle it can inactivate a trigger point and may produce a local twitch response and reduce pain related to trigger points.  

Sternen Physical Therapy welcomed David Nelson, DPT 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 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.

Myofascial pain

Neck and Back pain​



tmj disorders

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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If you feel the following, Integrative Dry Needling may help:

Do you have trigger points or knots that will not go away?

Do you have chronic headache pain?

Does your jaw hurt?

Have you suffered from chronic pain?

Do you ache all over?

Do you have scar tissue that is painful?

Are your joints painful?

Do you have inflamed tendons?

Do you have muscle tension?

Do you have radicular symptoms in your arms or legs?

​Do you have restricted range of motion?

Chronic pain


muscle strains/sprains

muscle trigger points


Meet our dry needling team!

Dry Needling


Begin to live life with confidence.  Advanced therapists use a variety of manual therapy, modalities, exercise, and patient education to help you manage your pain.


A variety of hands on techniques are used to release restrictions in the body's fascia, surrounding musculature, and joints.  

   -Myofascial Release

   -Soft Tissue Mobilization

   -Trigger Point Release

   -Joint Mobilization

   -Craniosacral Therapy

   -Dry Needling


Physical therapy modalities are used to decrease inflammation, reduce pain, and promote healing of involved tissues



   -Electrical Stimulation



A specific exercise program is designed to meet your needs.  Stretching of soft tissue to lengthen muscles and strengthening to bring balance back to your body are used to reduce pain and improve function.  


Call for a Dry Needling Evaluation Today