Ultrasound-guided pulsed radiofrequency versus dry needling for pain management in chronic neck and shoulder myofascial pain syndrome patients at a tertiary hospital in China: a randomised controlled trial protocol

BMJ Open. 2023 May 24;13(5):e071422. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-071422. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), especially in the neck and shoulder region, is one of the most common chronic pain disorders worldwide. Dry needling (DN) and pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) are the two effective methods for treating MPS. We aimed to compare the effects of DN and PRF […]

Effects of Dry Needling on Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis Evaluated Through the Rate-Dependent Depression of the H Reflex: A Case Report

Int Med Case Rep J. 2023 May 18;16:293-302. doi: 10.2147/IMCRJ.S391201. eCollection 2023. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) which affects mobility. Dry Needling (DN) has shown a reduction in spasticity in neuromuscular conditions such as stroke and spinal cord injury although the mechanism of action is still unclear. In spastic […]

Effect of dry needling and instrumental myofascial release on masticatory, facial, and cervical muscles of patients with temporomandibular disorders of muscular origin

J Clin Exp Dent. 2023 May 1;15(5):e366-e375. doi: 10.4317/jced.60312. eCollection 2023 May. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: To evaluate the effectiveness of dry needling (DN) and instrumental myofascial release (IMR) therapies in the cervico-cranio-mandibular system through pain, bite force, and distribution of occlusal contacts in patients with muscular temporomandibular disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty patients were divided into […]

Efficacy of Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy on pain and function in Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2023 May 15. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000002286. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of ESWT in reducing pain, improving functionality, joint range of motion (ROM), quality of life, fatigue, and health status self-perception in people with MPS. METHODS: PubMed, the Cochrane Library, CINAHL, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), […]

Identifying which adverse events associated with dry needling should be included for informed consent: A modified e-Delphi study

Physiother Theory Pract. 2023 May 9:1-13. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2023.2208668. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: Dry needling (DN) uses a monofilament needle to reduce pain and is performed by various healthcare professions. Due to the invasive needle puncture, adverse events (AEs) have been associated with DN. It is unclear, which AEs should be included in a […]

Efficacy of Deep Dry Needling versus Percutaneous Electrolysis in Ultrasound-Guided Treatment of Active Myofascial Trigger Points of the Levator Scapulae in Short-Term: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Life (Basel). 2023 Apr 3;13(4):939. doi: 10.3390/life13040939. ABSTRACT Deep dry needling (DDN) and percutaneous electrolysis (PE) provide the benefit of the mechanical effect of the needle, and PE adds the potential advantages of the galvanic current it incorporates in myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) therapy. The aim of this study was to compare the short-term efficacy […]

Shock waves as treatment of mouse myofascial trigger points

Pain Pract. 2023 Apr 26. doi: 10.1111/papr.13237. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION: An abnormal increase in spontaneous neurotransmission can induce subsynaptic knots in the myocyte called myofascial trigger points. The treatment of choice is to destroy these trigger points by inserting needles. However, 10% of the population has a phobia of needles, blood, or […]

Dry needling in a multimodal rehabilitation protocol following rotator cuff repair surgery: study protocol for a double-blinded randomized sham-controlled trial

BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2023 Apr 26;24(1):330. doi: 10.1186/s12891-023-06269-1. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Rotator cuff tear (RCT) is one of the main causes of shoulder pain and dysfunction. Rotator cuff repair (RCR) is a common surgical procedure for the management of RCTs. Presence of myofascial trigger points (MTrP) as a result of surgical procedure can aggravate postoperative shoulder […]

Efficacy of Dry Needling Versus Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation in Patients With Neck Pain Due to Myofascial Trigger Points: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Cureus. 2023 Mar 21;15(3):e36473. doi: 10.7759/cureus.36473. eCollection 2023 Mar. ABSTRACT Introduction Myofascial pain is defined as pain arising primarily in muscles and associated with multiple trigger points. Among the non-pharmacological methods, trigger point injection and electrotherapy are effective methods to treat myofascial pain syndrome. This study compares the effectiveness of dry needling (DN) and transcutaneous […]

Fu’s Subcutaneous Needling for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

J Vis Exp. 2023 Mar 24;(193). doi: 10.3791/65299. ABSTRACT Fu’s subcutaneous needling (FSN) is a new acupuncture and dry needling technique based on traditional Chinese medicine. It rapidly produces long-lasting effects in soft tissue injuries, particularly in painful musculoskeletal conditions, by providing stimulation primarily in the subcutaneous area. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint […]

Effect of Conservative Interventions for Musculoskeletal Disorders in Preprofessional and Professional Dancers: A Systematic Review

Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2023 Apr 1;18(2):328-337. doi: 10.26603/001c.73793. eCollection 2023. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Preprofessional and professional dancers are among the athletes who sustain the most musculoskeletal disorders. In recent years, conservative treatment and preventive measures have been investigated in this population. However, no systematic review regarding their effectiveness has been conducted. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: The aim […]

Effectiveness of various methods of manual scar therapy

Skin Res Technol. 2023 Mar;29(3):e13272. doi: 10.1111/srt.13272. ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: The skin is a protective barrier of the body against external factors, and its damage leads to a loss of integrity. Normal wound healing results in a correct, flat, bright, and flexible scar. Initial skin damage and patient specific factors in wound healing contribute that many […]

Effects of neurorehabilitation with and without dry needling technique on muscle thickness, reflex torque, spasticity and functional performance in chronic ischemic stroke patients with spastic upper extremity muscles: a blinded randomized sham-controlled clinical trial

Disabil Rehabil. 2023 Mar 27:1-11. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2023.2190168. Online ahead of print. ABSTRACT PURPOSE: Evaluation the effects of dry needling on sonographic, biomechanical and functional parameters of spastic upper extremity muscles. METHODS: Twenty-four patients (35-65 years) with spastic hand were randomly allocated into two equal groups: intervention and sham-controlled groups. The treatment protocol was 12-sessions neurorehabilitation […]

Global hotspots and trends in Myofascial Pain Syndrome research from 1956 to 2022: A bibliometric analysis

Medicine (Baltimore). 2023 Mar 24;102(12):e33347. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000033347. ABSTRACT Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is a prevalent disease, and the related literature research has been increasing in recent years. However, there is a lack of scientific and comprehensive bibliometric analyses in the MPS research field. This study aimed to summarize and visualize the literature distribution laws, research […]

Effectiveness of ultrasound guided dry needling in management of jumper’s knee: a randomized controlled trial

Sci Rep. 2023 Mar 23;13(1):4736. doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-31993-y. ABSTRACT Jumper’s knee is highly prevalent condition in athletes. Very limited evidence is available on clinical effects of tendon dry needling. Therefore, the objective of this study is to compare the effects of ultrasound-guided dry needling (UG-DN) combined with conventional physical therapy and conventional physical therapy alone in […]

Myofascial Pain as an Unseen Comorbidity in Osteoarthritis: A Scoping Review

Clin J Pain. 2023 Apr 1;39(4):188-201. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000001102. ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: This review aimed to identify, summarize, and appraise the evidence supporting the coexistence of myofascial pain (MPS) and trigger points (MTrP) in osteoarthritis (OA), and the effectiveness of MTrPs treatments in OA-related pain and physical function outcomes. METHODS: Three databases were searched from inception to […]

Application of Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain Over the Past 22 Years: A Bibliometric Analysis

J Pain Res. 2023 Mar 14;16:893-909. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S397168. eCollection 2023. ABSTRACT PURPOSE: Acupuncture is widely used to relieve shoulder pain. A survey was conducted in order to recognize hotspots and frontiers of acupuncture for shoulder pain from the year 2000-2022. METHODS: The Web of Science Core Collection was used to collect literature related to acupuncture […]

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