AcuTrials

Dry needling of trigger points with and without paraspinal needling in myofascial pain syndromes in elderly patients

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Title

Dry needling of trigger points with and without paraspinal needling in myofascial pain syndromes in elderly patients

Journal Publication

The journal of alternative and complementary medicine : research on paradigm, practice, and policy

Date

2007

volume

13(6)

pages

617-624

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Acu Versus CAM Control
Dry Needling, With Acupuncture Needle
Local Twitch Response
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Trigger Point Acupuncture Style
Individualized Acupuncture Protocol
Symptom Based Point Selection

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacies of dry needling of trigger points (TrPs) with and without paraspinal needling in myofascial pain syndrome of elderly patients. DESIGN: Single-blinded, randomized controlled trial. SUBJECTS: Forty (40) subjects, between the ages of 63 and 90 with myofascial pain syndrome of the upper trapezius muscle. INTERVENTIONS: Eighteen (18) subjects were treated with dry needling of all the TrPs only and another 22 with additional paraspinal needling on days 0, 7, and 14. RESULTS: At 4-week follow-up the results were as follows: (1) TrP and paraspinal dry needling resulted in more continuous subjective pain reduction than TrP dry needling only; (2) TrP and paraspinal dry needling resulted in significant improvements on the geriatric depression scale but TrP dry needling only did not; (3) TrP and paraspinal dry needling resulted in improvements of all the cervical range of motions but TrP dry needling only did not in extensional cervical range of motion; and (4) no cases of gross hemorrhage were noted. CONCLUSIONS: TrP and paraspinal dry needling is suggested to be a better method than TrP dry needling only for treating myofascial pain syndrome in elderly patients

Frequency of Treatment

1/WK

Time in Treatment

2 Weeks

has health condition studied

Neck Pain

has study population number

40

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