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HAYES, Inc. Comparative effectiveness review of dry needling for mechanical neck and/or trapezius muscle pain in adults. Lansdale: HAYES, Inc. Directory Publication. 2017
Dry needling (DN) is a skilled intervention by which thin filiform needles are used to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying trigger points (TrPs), muscle, and connective tissues to manage neuromusculoskeletal pain and impaired movement.
Rationale: Although its mechanism of action is unclear, DN is used to relieve pain and improve function in patients with TrPs, usually in conjunction with a muscle-stretching intervention.
Controversy: Controversial issues related to the clinical use of DN include safety and effectiveness versus other modalities, optimal technical parameters for administration, and patient selection (i.e., which patients might benefit the most from the treatment).
Relevant Questions: Does DN reduce pain and disability or improve range of motion (ROM) in patients with mechanical neck and/or trapezius muscle pain?
How does DN compare with sham or no DN and with alternative active treatments in patients with mechanical neck and/or trapezius muscle pain?
Is DN safe? Have definitive patient selection criteria been established for the use of
DN for patients with mechanical neck and/or trapezius muscle pain?
Subject indexing assigned by CRD
Acupuncture Therapy; Adult; Humans; Neck; Pain; Superficial Back Muscles
Country of organisation
An English language summary is available.
Address for correspondence
HAYES, Inc., 157 S. Broad Street, Suite 200, Lansdale, PA 19446, USA. Tel: 215 855 0615; Fax: 215 855 5218 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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