Acute effects of one session dry needling on a chronic golfer's elbow disability.

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Acute effects of one session dry needling on a chronic golfer’s elbow disability.

J Exerc Rehabil. 2018 Feb;14(1):138-142

Authors: Shariat A, Noormohammadpour P, Memari AH, Ansari NN, Cleland JA, Kordi R

Abstract
A 40-year-old retired male elite athlete with more than 20 years’ experience in wrestling and bodybuilding with mild elbow pain and disability of 2 years presented to our clinic reporting an acute pain in medial aspect of the elbow. Physical examination revealed symptoms of left Golfer’s elbow during target-directed movements. The results of sonography in left elbow showed low level of hypo echo irregularity and increased blood flow in color Doppler mode in the common flexor origin. The pain amplitude was moderate at rest and extremely high during kinetic and intentional movements. During last 2 years, the patient tried different types of therapy including manual therapy, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and also received a variety of injections none of which were effective for reducing pain and disability. This is the first study showed that one sessions of dry needling improved both pain and disability and helped to return to a normal life and exercise training.

PMID: 29511665 [PubMed]

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