Ultrasound-guided dry needling of masticatory muscles in trigeminal neuralgia – A case series of 35 patients

J Postgrad Med. 2022 Nov 28. doi: 10.4103/jpgm.jpgm_797_21. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Trigeminal neuralgia (TGN) is considered a sensory neuropathy. However, reports of pain on chewing/speaking suggest a masticatory myofascial involvement. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of ultrasound-guided dry needling (USGDN), which deactivates myofascial trigger points in masticatory, neck, and facial muscles on […]

Comparative Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma and Dry Needling for Management of Trigger Points in Masseter Muscle in Myofascial Pain Syndrome Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial

J Oral Facial Pain Headache. 2022 Nov 28. doi: 10.11607/ofph.3188. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT AIMS: To compare the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection vs dry needling (DN) for management of trigger points in the masseter muscle in myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) patients. METHODS: This randomized controlled trial included 30 clinically confirmed cases of […]

Immediate Effects of Dry Needling on Central Pain Processing and Skin Conductance in Patients with Chronic Nonspecific Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

J Clin Med. 2022 Nov 8;11(22):6616. doi: 10.3390/jcm11226616. ABSTRACT Although current evidence supports the use of dry needling for improving some clinical outcomes in people with neck pain, no previous research explored the effects of dry needling on the central processing of pain and autonomic nervous system in this population. Therefore, this clinical trial aimed […]

Effects of Dry Needling and Low-Power Laser for the Treatment of Trigger Points in the Upper Trapezius Muscle: A Randomized Clinical Trial

J Chiropr Med. 2022 Dec;21(4):288-295. doi: 10.1016/j.jcm.2022.02.013. Epub 2022 Jun 6. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of low-power laser therapy, dry needling, and exercise therapy on treating patients with neck and back pain and a diagnosis of the myofascial trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle. METHODS: A […]

Efficacy of ultrasound guided dry needling as an adjunct to conventional physical therapy for patients with jumper’s knee: A randomized controlled trial

Front Surg. 2022 Nov 4;9:1023902. doi: 10.3389/fsurg.2022.1023902. eCollection 2022. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Jumper’s knee is a degenerative condition among athletes, and it has been treated with conventional physical therapy (CPT). Ultrasound guided dry needling (USG-DN) is a relatively new technique to explore clinical outcomes in patients with tendinopathy. METHODS: This parallel group, single-blinded randomized controlled trial […]

Efficacy of Dry Needling for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Altern Ther Health Med. 2022 Nov 18:AT7480. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the current evidence of the effectiveness of dry needling in patients with chronic low back pain (LBP). METHODS: PubMed, Medline, ScienceDirect, Web of Science, CINAHL and PEDro databases were searched until 2020. STUDY SELECTION: Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that used […]

Physical therapy interventions for the correction of equinus foot deformity in post-stroke patients with triceps spasticity: A scoping review

Front Neurol. 2022 Oct 28;13:1026850. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2022.1026850. eCollection 2022. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Equinus foot deformity (EFD) is the most common deformity following a stroke. Several approaches have been suggested for its correction, including pharmacological, surgical, and physical therapy (PT) interventions. This scoping review aims to map and synthesize the available evidence focusing on physical therapy treatments […]

A Systematic Dry-Needling Treatment to Support Recovery Posttraining for Division I Ice Hockey Athletes: An Exploration Case Series

J Athl Train. 2022 Aug 1;57(8):788-794. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-0096.21. ABSTRACT CONTEXT: For this case series, 4 student-athletes (age range = 20-22 years) participating in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I ice hockey served as cases. They were free of injury and participated in all team activities without restrictions. TREATMENT: A dry needling (DN) lower extremity recovery […]

Ultrasound-guided injection of platelet-rich plasma for tendinopathies: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Blood Transfus. 2022 Oct 17. doi: 10.2450/2022.0087-22. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we evaluated ultrasound (US)-guided injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as conservative treatment of tendinopathies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, SCOPUS, OVID, and the Cochrane Library to identify randomized controlled trials (RCT) on the use […]

Are acupuncture and dry needling effective in the management of masticatory muscle pain: a network meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials

J Oral Rehabil. 2022 Oct 31. doi: 10.1111/joor.13382. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that both acupuncture and dry needling are effective in the treatment of musculoskeletal pains. Therefore, the aim of this network meta-analysis (NMA) was to investigate the treatment outcome of acupuncture and dry-needling for masticatory muscle pain (TMD-M) […]

Short-Term Effects of Dry Needling with a Standard Exercise Program on Pain and Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Mechanical Neck Pain

J Clin Med. 2022 Oct 19;11(20):6167. doi: 10.3390/jcm11206167. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the short-term effects of dry needling (DN) combined with a standard exercise program on pain and quality of life in patients with chronic mechanical neck pain (CMNP). METHODS: Thirty-one patients with CMNP were randomly allocated to the experimental and control […]

The Effectiveness of Dry Needling in Patients with Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Life (Basel). 2022 Oct 11;12(10):1575. doi: 10.3390/life12101575. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis is one of the most common degenerative joint diseases. The main symptoms of the osteoarthritis have been linked to the presence of myofascial trigger points in the soft tissues. Dry needing (DN) is the most investigated technique for the treatment of myofascial trigger points. Thus, […]

Effects of dry needling intervention on lower limb dysfunction after stroke: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

BMJ Open. 2022 Oct 26;12(10):e062494. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-062494. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Lower limb dysfunction is among the common sequelae of patients who had a poststroke and often results in the reduction of the quality of life. This study aims to assess the short and interim-term efficacy of dry needling (DN) intervention on lower extremity function, balance and […]

Regression Model Decreasing the Risk of Femoral Neurovascular Bundle Accidental Puncture

Tomography. 2022 Oct 1;8(5):2498-2507. doi: 10.3390/tomography8050208. ABSTRACT Although most of the adverse events derived from dry needling are minor, avoiding potential hazards for patients including accidental invasion of vessels, ganglia, and nerves is essential to ensure patients’ safety. We aimed to investigate the contribution of predictors explaining the variance of sartorius muscle depth limit at […]

The potential of physiotherapy technologies in the rehabilitation of patients with non-exudative form of age-related macular degeneration (drusen)

Vestn Oftalmol. 2022;138(5):74-79. doi: 10.17116/oftalma202213805174. ABSTRACT Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is currently the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly population worldwide. Despite the experience of using physiotherapeutic methods of treatment for non-exudative form of age-related macular degeneration, as well as the lack of clear criteria for its indication and evaluation of its effectiveness, […]

Current Trends in the Management of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction: A Review

Cureus. 2022 Sep 19;14(9):e29314. doi: 10.7759/cureus.29314. eCollection 2022 Sep. ABSTRACT The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a synovial bi-condylar joint with 3 degrees of freedom. One-third of the adult population reportedly suffers from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Females are more commonly affected than males. Almost 50% of TMD patients do not require any intervention, and the […]

Some conservative interventions are more effective than others for people with chronic non-specific neck pain: a systematic review and network meta-analysis

J Physiother. 2022 Oct 17:S1836-9553(22)00086-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jphys.2022.09.007. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT QUESTION: Which is the most effective conservative intervention for patients with non-specific chronic neck pain (CNSNP)? DESIGN: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials. PARTICIPANTS: Adults with CNSNP of at least 3 months duration. INTERVENTIONS: All available pharmacological and non-pharmacological […]

Adjunctive therapies in addition to land-based exercise therapy for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022 Oct 17;10:CD011915. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011915.pub2. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Land-based exercise therapy is recommended in clinical guidelines for hip or knee osteoarthritis. Adjunctive non-pharmacological therapies are commonly used alongside exercise in hip or knee osteoarthritis management, but cumulative evidence for adjuncts to land-based exercise therapy is lacking. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the benefits and […]