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Immediate Effects of Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization Versus Dry Needling on Trigger Point Pain and Tightness of Calf Muscles in Long-Distance Runners

Cureus. 2024 Apr 10;16(4):e57984. doi: 10.7759/cureus.57984. eCollection 2024 Apr. ABSTRACT Introduction Muscle tightness is frequently identified as a potential precursor to muscle injuries. Reclaiming flexibility and enhancing range of motion (ROM) is crucial for preventing injuries and achieving improvements in performance. The present study examines the immediate effects of instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM) and dry […]

Assessing the treatment response of lateral elbow tendinopathy using time-dependent ultrasonography, Doppler imaging, and elastography

Insights Imaging. 2024 May 11;15(1):113. doi: 10.1186/s13244-024-01695-8. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To investigate the structural alterations, neovascularity, and elasticity of tendons and the relationship between elasticity and the Patient Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation score after undergoing US-guided fenestration or surgery in patients with chronic lateral elbow tendinopathy. METHODS: Participants from the per-protocol population of a randomized trial […]

Topical Tacrolimus Ointment Alone versus in Combination with Microneedling for Refractory Stable Vitiligo

J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2024 May;34(5):514-517. doi: 10.29271/jcpsp.2024.05.514. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of microneedling in combination with topical tacrolimus ointment 0.1% versus topical tacrolimus ointment 0.1% for treatment of refractory stable vitiligo. STUDY DESIGN: Comparative cross-sectional study. Place and Duration of the Study: Department of Dermatology, PNS Shifa, Karachi, Pakistan, from December […]

A systematic review of randomized control trials looking at functional improvement of rotator cuff partial thickness tears following platelet-rich-plasma injection: a comparison of glenohumeral joint vs. subacromial bursa vs. intratendinous injection locations

JSES Int. 2024 Jan 24;8(3):464-471. doi: 10.1016/j.jseint.2024.01.003. eCollection 2024 May. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Prior research has demonstrated that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has shown promising results in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis, lateral epicondylitis, and rotator cuff disease. However, there is a lack of standardization with PRP regarding its use for partial thickness rotator cuff tears (PTRCTs). […]

A systematic review of procedural modalities in the treatment of notalgia paresthetica

Skin Res Technol. 2024 May;30(5):e13723. doi: 10.1111/srt.13723. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Notalgia paresthetica (NP) is a rare condition characterized by localized pain and pruritus of the upper back, associated with a distinct area of hyperpigmentation. Given the lack of standardized treatment and the uncertain efficacy of available options, applying procedural methods is of growing interest in treating […]

Dry needling in the management of chronic tension-type headache associated with levator scapulae syndrome: A case report

Clin Case Rep. 2024 Apr 30;12(5):e8858. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.8858. eCollection 2024 May. ABSTRACT KEY CLINICAL MESSAGE: The use of DN to the muscular trigger points and distal periosteal enthesis of the levator scapulae may be a useful adjunct intervention within a multi-modal plan of care for the management of work-related chronic tension-type headaches associated with LSS. […]

Comparison of Interventions for Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis for Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation Pain Outcome

J Hand Surg Am. 2024 Apr 27:S0363-5023(24)00104-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2024.03.007. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT PURPOSE: There is controversy regarding the optimal treatment for lateral elbow tendinopathy (LET), and not all available treatment options have been compared directly with placebo/control. A network meta-analysis was conducted to compare the effectiveness of different LET treatments directly and indirectly […]

Percutaneous tendon dry needling and thrust manipulation as an adjunct to multimodal physical therapy in patients with lateral elbow tendinopathy: A multicenter randomized clinical trial

Clin Rehabil. 2024 Apr 26:2692155241249968. doi: 10.1177/02692155241249968. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of adding electrical dry needling and thrust manipulation into a multimodal program of exercise, mobilization, and ultrasound in patients with lateral elbow tendinopathy. DESIGN: Randomized, single-blinded, multicenter, parallel-group trial. SETTING: Thirteen outpatient […]

Effects of Dry Needling on Active Myofascial Trigger Points and Pain Intensity in Tension-Type Headache: A Randomized Controlled Study

J Pers Med. 2024 Mar 22;14(4):332. doi: 10.3390/jpm14040332. ABSTRACT Tension-type headache is the most prevalent type of headache and is commonly associated with myofascial pain syndrome and the presence of active myofascial trigger points. This randomized controlled trial aimed to assess the impact of dry needling on the total number of active trigger points, pain […]

Effects of Different Physical Therapy Interventions in Improving Flexibility in University Students with Hamstring Tightness – A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis

Int J Exerc Sci. 2024 Mar 1;17(3):359-381. eCollection 2024. ABSTRACT The aim of the present study was to identify the different interventions for hamstring flexibility among university students with hamstring tightness and to determine the better treatment method. DESIGN: Systematic review and network meta-analysis. An electronic search of the databases: Medline, Pubmed, Cochrane, EMBASE, CINAHL, […]

Global trends of acupuncture clinical research on analgesia from 2010 to 2023: a bibliometric and visualization analysis

Front Neurol. 2024 Apr 11;15:1368988. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2024.1368988. eCollection 2024. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Acupuncture, acknowledged as a potent non-pharmacological therapy, is frequently employed to alleviate pain. Despite its widespread use, there has been a lack of overarching bibliometric analysis of clinical research on acupuncture analgesia. We aimed to summarize current patterns, hotspots, and development trends in this […]

Effects of different treatments on pain, functional disability, position sense and range of motion in elite bodybuilders with chronic low back pain

Sci Rep. 2024 Apr 22;14(1):9176. doi: 10.1038/s41598-024-59684-2. ABSTRACT Back pain is one of the major global challenges and is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders occurring in 80% of people at least once in their lifetime. Therefore, the need to find appropriate treatment methods for this issue is very important. The objective is to […]

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 […]


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