Senior Project Advisor
trigger point, dry needling, neck pain, myofascial trigger point, muscular pain
This review summarizes the current findings on the use of trigger point dry needling to treat neck pain in adults. The prevalence of neck pain and its associated costs makes it a common target for physical therapy treatments, one of which is trigger point dry needling. The findings of 19 studies are reviewed to present a comprehensive view of the topic, including a discussion of various study limitations. Although some contradictory findings and gaps in the literature exist, the majority of the studies reviewed suggest that trigger point dry needling is effective in decreasing neck pain intensity and improving associated symptoms, including increasing range of motion and pain pressure threshold. Findings indicate that negative outcomes are typically mild and short-lived, suggesting that dry needling should be considered as a treatment option for adults with neck pain.
Health and Human Development
Truesdale, Grace, "The Effects of Trigger Point Dry Needling on Neck Pain in Adults: A Review" (2023). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 660.
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