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

Dry Needling of Trigger Points With and Without Paraspinal Needling in Myofascial Pain Syndromes in Elderly Patients

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.

Authors – Ga H. Choi JH. Park CH. Yoon HJ.

Institution – Department of Family Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, South Korea.

Source – Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. Vol. 13 Issue 6 pp:617-24, 2007 Jul-Aug.