Abstract of The Week: Effect of Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Points in the Neck and Shoulders

Abstract: The effect of dry needling for myofascial trigger points in the neck and shoulders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ong J1, Claydon LS2. This systematic review and meta-analysis sought investigate the efficacy of dry needling of myofascial trigger points in the neck and shoulders. Four of the quality articles reviewed compared dry needling to lidocaine injections… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Effect of Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Points in the Neck and Shoulders

Rationale for Choosing Dry Needling: A Story

I had a 34 year old gentleman I was treating for a textbook L5 radiculopathy. He was responding beautifully to a combination of a Medrol dose pack, mechanical traction and an extension biased program. After 3 weeks his radicular symptoms were abolished and he was left with mild right lumbosacral pain that was resistant to… Continue reading Rationale for Choosing Dry Needling: A Story

Manual Therapy Video: Upper Quadrant Dry Needling

In orthopaedic manual physical therapy, the techniques get all the attention. Manipulation, mobilization, muscle energy, neural mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, etc.   You can now add Dry Needling (DN) to this list. Any seasoned clinician will tell you that learning these techniques, with practice, is the easy part.  Being able to implement them effectively is the hard… Continue reading Manual Therapy Video: Upper Quadrant Dry Needling