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Is adding dry needling to a standard care protocol beneficial in patients with chronic neck pain? A randomized placebo-controlled trial

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2024 Feb 12;55:101842. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2024.101842. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT PURPOSE: To evaluate the short-term effects of adding a dry needling therapy to a standard care protocol based on education, exercise and electrotherapy, compared to a sham procedure and to a standard care protocol in isolation in patients with chronic neck […]

Coping with the hospital environment during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study of the survivors’ perspective during their stay at the ICU and inpatient ward

Heliyon. 2024 Jan 13;10(2):e24661. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e24661. eCollection 2024 Jan 30. ABSTRACT The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the clinical practice of healthcare professionals. This study aimed to explore the perspectives of COVID-19 survivors regarding the healthcare they received during their stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the inpatient COVID-19 ward. A qualitative case-study […]

Dry needling versus Manual Therapy in patients with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Control Trial

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2024 Jan 29:1-46. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2024.12091. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To compare the short- and intermediate-term effects of dry needling to manual therapy on pain, disability, function, and patient-perceived improvement in patients with mechanical neck pain. DESIGN: A single (therapist) blinded randomized controlled trial. METHODS: Seventy-eight patients (mean ± […]

The effects of dry needling and face yoga on pain, depression, function, and sleep quality in patients with temporomandibular dysfunction

Explore (NY). 2024 Jan 17:S1550-8307(24)00006-5. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2024.01.006. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT CONTEXT: Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) poses significant challenges due to its diverse symptoms and impact on patients’ daily lives. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the effectiveness of two innovative interventions, dry needling and face yoga, in managing TMD-related issues such as pain, […]

The Effectiveness of a Single Dry Needling Session on Gait and Quality of Life in Multiple Sclerosis: A Double-Blind Randomized Sham-Controlled Pilot Trial

Healthcare (Basel). 2023 Dec 19;12(1):10. doi: 10.3390/healthcare12010010. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Gait disorders are a major cause of disability and reduced health-related quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS). Dry needling (DN) has demonstrated positive results to improve gait parameters in patients with stroke. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the effect […]

An Evidence-Based Treatment of Myofascial Pain and Myofascial Trigger Points in the Maxillofacial Area: A Narrative Review

Cureus. 2023 Dec 5;15(12):e49987. doi: 10.7759/cureus.49987. eCollection 2023 Dec. ABSTRACT Myofascial pain (MFP) is characterized by localized pain in the maxillofacial region attributed to the presence of hypersensitive spots known as trigger points (TrPs). This condition is particularly prevalent in the maxillofacial area, warranting a comprehensive examination of evidence-based management techniques. This review aims to […]

Acupuncture and dry needling for physical therapy of scar: a systematic review

BMC Complement Med Ther. 2024 Jan 2;24(1):14. doi: 10.1186/s12906-023-04301-4. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: There is a continuing interest in finding effective methods for scar treatment. Dry needling is gaining popularity in physiotherapy and is defined by Western medicine as a type of acupuncture. The terms acupuncture and dry needling have been used interchangeably so we have focused […]

YouTube as a source of information and education on ultrasound- guided dry needling

Med Ultrason. 2023 Dec 27;25(4):398-402. doi: 10.11152/mu-4206. ABSTRACT AIM: This study aims to evaluate the educational quality of videos related to ultrasound guided dry needling (USDN). Material and method: This study was designed as a cross-sectional study. A video-based search was performed on the YouTube online video sharing platform ( using the English keywords “ultrasound […]

Efficacy of trigger point dry needling on pain and function of the hip joint: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials

Acupunct Med. 2023 Dec 27:9645284231207870. doi: 10.1177/09645284231207870. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the evidence for the impact of dry needling (DN) on hip pain and function. METHODS: Medline/PubMed, Embase, Scopus, Web of Science and Cochrane CENTRAL databases were searched systematically through June 2022 for randomized clinical […]

Effectiveness of ultrasound guided interfascial hydrodissection with the use of saline anesthetic solution for myofascial pain syndrome of the upper trapezius: a single blind randomized controlled trial

Front Rehabil Sci. 2023 Dec 11;4:1281813. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2023.1281813. eCollection 2023. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is described as pain that arise from myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) which is a hyperirritable spot within a taut band of skeletal muscle. A newer needling technique called the interfascial hydrodissection (IH), wherein anesthetic saline solution (ASS) is injected […]

Spinal manipulation and electrical dry needling as an adjunct to conventional physical therapy in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: a multi-center randomized clinical trial

Spine J. 2023 Dec 14:S1529-9430(23)03563-5. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2023.12.002. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Nonoperative management of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) includes activity modification, medication, injections, and physical therapy. Conventional physical therapy includes a multi-modal approach of exercise, manual therapy, and electro-thermal modalities. There is a paucity of evidence supporting the use of spinal manipulation […]

Dry needling perceptions and experiences: A survey of Australian physiotherapists

Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2023 Dec 7;69:102895. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2023.102895. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: There is a lack of information on the use of dry needling in Australian physiotherapy practice. OBJECTIVES: Our primary aim was to enhance the understanding of why Australian physiotherapists use dry needling in clinical practice. The secondary aim was to explore […]

Quality of life, socioeconomic and psychological concerns in parents of children with tuberous sclerosis complex, STXBP1 and SYNGAP1 encephalopathies: a mixed method study

Front Pediatr. 2023 Nov 9;11:1285377. doi: 10.3389/fped.2023.1285377. eCollection 2023. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEEs) occur in childhood and are associated with severe epileptic seizures and neurological impairment. The aim of this study was to combine quantitative and qualitative methodologies to comprehensively describe factors related to quality of life, impact on the family and […]


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