The role of acupuncture for myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) in interventional pain management

J Complement Integr Med. 2022 Feb 17. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2021-0525. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: The aim of this literature review is to describe the role of acupuncture for myofascial pain syndrome in interventional pain management. CONTENT: Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) can be found at all ages. Approximately 30.0-93.0% of patients with musculoskeletal pain have […]

Acupuncture (superficial dry-needling) as a treatment for chronic postherpetic neuralgia – a randomized clinical trial

Br J Pain. 2022 Feb;16(1):96-108. doi: 10.1177/20494637211023075. Epub 2021 Jun 13. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful condition where finding sufficient treatment poses a great challenge. Acupuncture is often used as an alternative treatment for these pains, yet no randomized trials, using a sham-placebo have been performed to confirm its effect. Our objective was […]

Short-term effects of dry needling of thenar muscles in manual laborers with carpal tunnel syndrome: a pilot, randomized controlled study

Physiother Theory Pract. 2022 Feb 3:1-11. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2022.2033897. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT STUDY DESIGN: Pilot, randomized, single-blinded controlled clinical trial. BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Trigger point (s) (TrPs) in thenar muscles could be a cause of narrowing of carpal tunnel in manual laborers with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Effects of dry needling (DN) on the […]

The Analgesic Effect of Ultrasound-guided Bilateral Pecto-intercostal Fascial Plane Block on Sternal Wound Pain after Open Heart Surgeries: A Randomized Controlled Study

Clin J Pain. 2022 Feb 8. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000001022. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the analgesic efficacy of ultrasound-guided bilateral pecto-intercostal fascial plane block after open-heart surgeries. METHODS: Seventy patients aged above 18 years and scheduled for on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting or valve replacement or both through median sternotomy were […]

Can Post-Exercise Hemodynamic Response Be Influenced by Different Recovery Methods in Paraplegic Sportsmen?

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Feb 4;19(3):1772. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19031772. ABSTRACT Post-exercise hypotension is of great clinical relevance and also in sports training settings, as recovery speed is important. The aim of this study was to compare the influence of different recovery methods on post-exercise hemodynamic response. Twelve male paraplegic sportsmen (25.40 ± 3.30 […]

A Multisegmental Approach to Dry Needling Plantar Fasciitis: A Case Study

J Sport Rehabil. 2022 Feb 4:1-5. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2021-0385. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT CONTEXT: Plantar heel pain is a common problem affecting foot function, causing pain in the foot under the heel. Plantar fasciitis is commonly treated with conservative treatment, such as joint and soft tissue mobilization, self-stretching home programs, foot orthoses, and night splinting […]

Immediate Effects of Dry Needing or Manual Pressure Release of Upper Trapezius Trigger Points on Muscle Activity during the Cranio-Cervical Flexion Test in People with Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Pain Med. 2022 Feb 18:pnac034. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnac034. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of dry needling or manual pressure release on an active trigger point in the upper trapezius on cranio-cervical flexion test performance, pressure pain thresholds, and cervical range of motion in chronic neck pain. DESIGN: A parallel randomized clinical […]

Effects of previous experience with dry needling therapy on blinding effectiveness and pain outcomes in people with neck pain: A preliminary sham-controlled study

Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2022 Jan 21;58:102515. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2022.102515. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Participants’ previous experience with an intervention may be an important variable when conducting sham-controlled trials. OBJECTIVE: This study explored if previous experience with dry needling (DN) influenced blinding effectiveness and pain outcomes, after the application of DN in patients with neck […]

Cost-Effectiveness of Upper Extremity Dry Needling in Chronic Stroke

Healthcare (Basel). 2022 Jan 14;10(1):160. doi: 10.3390/healthcare10010160. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Dry needling is a non-pharmacological approach that has proven to be effective in different neurological conditions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a single dry needling session in patients with chronic stroke. METHODS: A cost-effectiveness analysis was performed based on […]

Electrical Dry Needling Plus Corticosteroid Injection for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2022 Jan 25:S0003-9993(22)00158-7. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2021.12.026. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of electrical dry needling (DN) plus corticosteroid injection (CSI) on pain, physical function, and global change in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee (KOA). DESIGN: A prospective, single-blinded, randomized clinical trial. SETTING: Pain treatment clinic. PARTICIPANTS: […]

Dry Needling and Antithrombotic Drugs

Pain Res Manag. 2022 Jan 7;2022:1363477. doi: 10.1155/2022/1363477. eCollection 2022. ABSTRACT Many clinicians increasingly use dry needling in clinical practice. However, whether patients’ intake of antithrombotic drugs should be considered as a contraindication for dry needling has not been investigated to date. As far as we know, there are no publications in analyzing the intake […]

Effects of dry needling and stretching exercise versus stretching exercise only on pain intensity, function, and sonographic characteristics of plantar fascia in the subjects with plantar fasciitis: a parallel single-blinded randomized controlled trial

Physiother Theory Pract. 2022 Jan 31:1-14. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2021.2023930. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: Plantar fasciitis is a common problem in the foot region which has negative considerable impact on foot function. METHODS: In this parallel blinded randomized controlled trial, a total of thirty-seven subjects with plantar fasciitis (forty feet) were enrolled randomly to either […]

Functional intermuscular reduction in spasticity for people with multiple sclerosis

Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2022 Jan 5;8(1):20552173211061547. doi: 10.1177/20552173211061547. eCollection 2022 Jan-Mar. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Eighty-five percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) incur gait impairments debilitating enough to significantly impact their function. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine if a novel combination of intermuscular electrical stimulation, followed by functional electrical […]

The effects of dry needling on the thumb: A case report

Hong Kong J Occup Ther. 2021 Dec;34(2):132-136. doi: 10.1177/15691861211043687. Epub 2021 Dec 20. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Dry needling has been identified as a potential intervention for a variety of diagnoses. Limited evidence exists to support the use of dry needling following surgical intervention of a distal radius fracture. This case report demonstrates the impact of dry […]

Effects of focused ultrasound and dry needling on tendon mechanical properties

J Biomech. 2021 Dec 22;132:110934. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2021.110934. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT Tendon injuries are extremely common, resulting in mechanically weaker tendons that could lead to tendon rupture. Dry needling (DN) is widely used to manage pain and function after injury. However, DN is invasive and high inter-practitioner variability has led to mixed success rates. […]

Comparative Effect of Dry Needling and Neural Mobilization on Pain, Strength, Range of Motion, and Quality of Life in Patients With Lateral Epicondylitis: Protocol for Randomized Clinical Trial

J Chiropr Med. 2021 Jun;20(2):77-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2021.09.001. Epub 2021 Dec 15. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to describe a study protocol that will aim to assess the effectiveness of adding dry needling or neural mobilization to conventional physiotherapy in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis. METHODS: We propose to conduct a 2-group, participant-blinded, […]