Needling the Older Client

    • June 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm #16804
      aswansonpt
      Member

      Does anyone have experience or suggestions for dry needling the older population (>80 yrs old)? Specifically for low back pain?

      Is it too energy consuming? How do they usually respond? Does depth make a big difference? etc..

    • February 25, 2020 at 10:57 pm #35710
      To The Point PT
      Participant

      I have had a few clients over the age of 80, one even 99 years old. I have needled them for back pain, hip pain and neck pain with vague radicular symptoms as well. They were all thin with limited muscle mass. I had really good success with needles that were slightly shorter than I would have anticipated needing to reach the bony landmark below. I did not notice any increase in tendency to bruise, and they generally had minimal muscle soreness after.

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