Acute Effects of Dry Needling on Myofascial Trigger Points in the Triceps Surae of Ballet Dancers: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2021 Apr 1;16(2):418-430. doi: 10.26603/001c.21475. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: There is convincing evidence that dancers suffer injuries to the triceps surae musculature. Research on the immediate effects of dry needling (DN) is limited, and it is important to understand the acute effects of this treatment prior to performance. PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study was to …

Can Patient Expectations Modulate the Short-Term Effects of Dry Needling on Sensitivity Outcomes in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain? A Randomised Clinical Trial

Pain Med. 2021 Apr 8:pnab134. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnab134. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Dry needling is commonly used for the management of musculoskeletal pain patients. However, the effects of patient expectations are uncertain. Our aim was to determine the effect of patient expectations on short-term clinical outcomes after the application of a single session of dry needling in individuals with …

The effects of dry needling to the thoracolumbar junction multifidi on measures of regional and remote flexibility and pain sensitivity: A randomized controlled trial

Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2021 Mar 21;53:102366. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2021.102366. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Dry needling (DN) has been consistently shown to decrease pain sensitivity and increase flexibility local to the site of treatment, however it is unclear whether these effects are limited to the region of treatment or can be observed remote to the area of treatment. OBJECTIVE: To …

JOSPT Names 2020 Award Recipients

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2021 Apr;51(4):155. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2021.0105. ABSTRACT During the American Physical Therapy Association’s virtual Combined Sections Meeting held throughout the month of February 2021, JOSPT recognized the authors of the most outstanding research manuscript published in the Journal in 2020. The JOSPT Guy G. Simoneau Excellence in Research Award was presented to Fábio Franciscatto Stieven, Giovanni Esteves …

Comparison between dry needling and focused ultrasound on the mechanical properties of the rat Achilles tendon: A pilot study

J Biomech. 2021 Mar 15;120:110384. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2021.110384. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT In the U.S., approximately 14 million tendon and ligament injuries are reported each year. Dry needling (DN) is a conservative treatment introduced to alleviate pain and restore function; however, it is invasive and has mixed success. Focused ultrasound (fUS) is a non-invasive technology that directs ultrasound energy into …

Prediction model of rhomboid major and pleura depth based on anthropometric features to decrease the risk of pneumothorax during dry needling

Int J Clin Pract. 2021 Mar 23:e14176. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.14176. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Although mostly common adverse events associated to dry needling can be considered minor, serious adverse events including induced pneumothorax cannot be excluded, and safety instructions for reducing the risk of pleura puncture are needed. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if anthropometric features can predict the rhomboid major …

Is Dry Needling Effective for the Management of Plantar Heel Pain or Plantar Fasciitis? An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Pain Med. 2021 Mar 24:pnab114. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnab114. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Dry needling is commonly used for the management of plantar fasciitis. This meta-analysis evaluated the effects of dry needling over trigger points (TrPs) associated with plantar heel pain on pain intensity and related disability or function. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for randomized controlled trials where at …

Effectiveness of Dry Needling with Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation of High Frequency Versus Low Frequency in Patients with Myofascial Neck Pain

Pain Physician. 2021 Mar;24(2):135-143. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Percutaneous nerve electrical stimulation is a novel treatment modality for the management of acute and chronic myofascial pain syndrome. OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness of dry needling combined with percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation of low frequency versus high frequency, in patients with chronic myofascial neck pain. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, single-blind trial. SETTING: Laboratory in …

Influence of clinical experience on accuracy and safety of obliquus capitus inferior dry needling in unembalmed cadavers

Physiother Theory Pract. 2021 Mar 15:1-10. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2021.1901326. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT Background: Suboccipital myofascial trigger points are common in tension-type headaches.Objectives: Compare the influence of clinical experience on the accuracy and safety of dry needle placement on the C2 laminar arch using a cranial-medial and caudal-medial technique to target obliquus capitus inferior in unembalmed cadavers.Methods: Three physical therapists …

Short-term effect of myofascial trigger point dry-needling in patients with Adhesive Capsulitis

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2021 Jan;25:146-150. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2020.10.014. Epub 2020 Oct 26. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Adhesive Capsulitis (AC) is a common disabling musculoskeletal pain condition of unknown etiology related to the shoulder joint. Literature reported the restricted range of motion (ROM) and pain could be the result of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in the muscles of the shoulder girdle. Hence, the …