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Pneumothorax as a complication of dry needling technique

ERJ Open Res. 2024 Apr 15;10(2):00156-2024. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00156-2024. eCollection 2024 Mar. ABSTRACT Post-dry needling pneumothorax is not extremely rare. Patients and referring doctors should be aware of this. Informed consent should mention pneumothorax as a considerable risk of dry needling procedures in the neck, shoulder or chest region. PMID:38623313 | PMC:PMC11017104 | DOI:10.1183/23120541.00156-2024

A survey study for the dental students’ satisfaction with the “needling therapies for temporomandibular disorders” lectures

J Dent Sci. 2024 Apr;19(2):1143-1146. doi: 10.1016/j.jds.2023.12.016. Epub 2023 Dec 26. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Dry needling therapy and acupuncture can effectively relieve myofascial pain in temporomandibular disorders (TMDs). This study evaluated dental students’ satisfaction with the “needling therapies for TMDs” lectures given in 2022 and 2023. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The “needling therapies for TMDs” lectures included […]

Living and Coping with Olfactory and Taste Disorders: A Qualitative Study of People with Long-COVID-19

Healthcare (Basel). 2024 Mar 30;12(7):754. doi: 10.3390/healthcare12070754. ABSTRACT Taste and smell disorders are common symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 acute infection. In post-COVID-19 condition, symptoms can persist leading to disruption in patients’ lives, to changes in their coping skills, and to the need to develop strategies for everyday life. This study aimed to describe the perspective of […]

Which portion of physiotherapy treatments’ effect is attributable to contextual effects in people with musculoskeletal pain?: A meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2024 Apr 11:1-28. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2024.12126. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To quantify the proportion attributable to contextual effects of physical therapy interventions for musculoskeletal pain. DESIGN: Intervention systematic review with meta-analysis. LITERATURE SEARCH: We searched Ovid, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Scopus, PEDro, Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry, and SPORTDiscus databases from […]

Procedural skills workshops for primary care physicians in Israel: a comprehensive analysis

BMC Med Educ. 2024 Apr 10;24(1):396. doi: 10.1186/s12909-024-05381-7. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Some of the most common complaints addressed by primary care physicians (PCPs) require manual procedures, such as lacerations repair, abscesses drainage, ingrown toenails removal, dry needling for myofascial pain syndrome, and Epley maneuver for treating benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). The aim of this study […]

Effect of Mirror Therapy on Post-Needling Pain Following Deep Dry Needling of Myofascial Trigger Point in Lateral Elbow Pain: Prospective Controlled Pilot Trial

J Clin Med. 2024 Mar 5;13(5):1490. doi: 10.3390/jcm13051490. ABSTRACT Background: This prospective randomized, controlled pilot trial to explore the immediate effect of adding Mirror Visual Feedback Therapy on pain sensitivity and motor performance among subjects suffering from post-needling pain diagnosed as Lateral Elbow Pain. Methods: A total of 49 participants (23 female, 26 male) were […]

Chronic Low Back Pain in Adults: Evaluation and Management

Am Fam Physician. 2024 Mar;109(3):233-244. ABSTRACT Chronic low back pain, defined as lumbar pain persisting for 12 weeks or more, occurs in about 13% of U.S. adults. Patients with chronic low back pain should have a history and physical examination to identify red flags that may indicate serious conditions that warrant immediate intervention or yellow […]

Treating Lateral Epicondylopathy With Dry Needling and Exercise: A Case Series

J Sport Rehabil. 2024 Mar 26:1-6. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2023-0015. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT CONTEXT: Lateral epicondylopathy (LE) is a common overuse injury affecting elbow, wrist, and hand function. It is characterized by weakness and pain in the muscles and tendons of the forearm responsible for the extension of your wrist and fingers. Trigger point dry […]

Effects of dry needling on spasticity, cortical excitability, and range of motion in a patient with multiple sclerosis: a case report

J Med Case Rep. 2024 Mar 24;18(1):125. doi: 10.1186/s13256-024-04452-z. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Dry needling is an intervention used by physiotherapists to manage muscle spasticity. We report the effects of three sessions of dry needling on ankle plantar flexor muscle spasticity and cortical excitability in a patient with multiple sclerosis. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient was a 40-year-old […]

Dry Needling with the Use of FRSc Technique in Addition to Standard Rehabilitation Program for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial Using Both PROMs and Measurement Tools

J Pain Res. 2024 Mar 13;17:1041-1053. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S450119. eCollection 2024. ABSTRACT PURPOSE: Dry needling (DN) has gained popularity for musculoskeletal conditions, but its commercial use often surpasses scientific evidence. The novel Five Regulatory Systems Concept (FRSc) of DN shows potential therapeutic mechanisms, including chronic low back pain (LBP). However, rigorous clinical assessment with patient-reported outcome […]

Safety of dry needling in stroke patients: a scoping review

Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2024 Mar 19. doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.24.08224-8. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Spasticity is a common problem in stroke patients. Treatments of spasticity often have side effects or are insufficiently effective. Dry needling (DN) has been proposed as a potential additional option to consider in the multimodal treatment of post-stroke spasticity, […]


Georgian Med News. 2024 Jan;(346):27-32. ABSTRACT Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is the most common in the musculoskeletal disease. Dry needling techniques and ischemic compression are the most common applications. We aimed to compare the efficacy of dry needling and ischemic compression methods on pain, cervical range of motion and disability in myofascial pain syndrome. This […]

Therapeutic effects of dry needling on lateral epicondylitis: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2024 Mar 12:S0003-9993(24)00823-2. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2024.02.713. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To investigate the therapeutic effects of dry needling on lateral epicondylitis and identify a relatively more effective needling technique. DATA SOURCES: English databases (Pubmed, Web of Science, Scopus, EBSCO, ScienceDirect, Taylor & Francis, ProQuest, Cochrane, Ovid, and Embase) and Chinese […]

The Effect of Combining Spinal Manipulation and Dry Needling in Individuals with Non-specific Low Back Pain

J Pain. 2024 Mar 12:S1526-5900(24)00425-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2024.03.002. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common and costly musculoskeletal conditions impacting health care in the United States. The development of multimodal strategies of treatment are imperative in order to curb the growing incidence and prevalence of LBP. Spinal manipulative […]

Comparison of Dry Needling and Cold-Spray-Stretching Treatments by Ultrasonography and Electrophysiology: Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial

J Ultrasound Med. 2024 Mar 8. doi: 10.1002/jum.16445. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy of dry needling (DN) and cold-spray-stretching treatments using surface electromyography (sEMG) and ultrasound (US) in the treatment of patients with myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) with active trigger point (ATrP) in the upper trapezius muscle. METHODS: This prospective […]

Acute Effects of the Dry Needling Session on Gastrocnemius Muscle Biomechanical Properties, and Perfusion with Latent Trigger Points – A Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial in Mixed Martial Arts Athletes

J Sports Sci Med. 2024 Mar 1;23(1):136-146. doi: 10.52082/jssm.2024.136. eCollection 2024 Mar. ABSTRACT The study aimed to evaluate the immediate effects of a dry needling (DN) therapy session on biomechanical properties, muscle power, perfusion, and pressure pain threshold of the gastrocnemius muscle with latent trigger points. Twenty mixed martial arts athletes (MMA) were randomly divided […]

Could dry needling change the kinematics of gait in individuals with piriformis muscle syndromes? Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2024 Jan;37:323-327. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2023.11.058. Epub 2023 Dec 8. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Piriformis muscle syndrome (PMS) is a condition that can lead to symptoms including gluteal pain, local tenderness, and limitation of hip joint motion in daily activities, and it may have a major impact on some daily functions such as gait. We […]

Lumbopelvic manipulation alone versus combined with dry needling in physically active patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome: A randomized clinical trial

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2024 Jan;37:220-225. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2023.11.024. Epub 2023 Nov 25. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is prevalent in physically active people. The multifactorial nature of PFPS necessitates multimodal treatment for this condition. The present study aimed to compare the efficacy of lumbopelvic manipulation alone versus manipulation plus dry needling in physically active […]


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