Abstract: "A 40-year-old retired male elite athlete with more than 20 years’ experience in wrestling and bodybuilding with mild elbow pain and disability of 2 years presented to our clinic reporting an acute pain in medial aspect of the elbow. Physical examination revealed symptoms of left Golfer’s elbow during target-directed movements. The results of sonography in left elbow showed low level of hypo echo irregularity and increased blood flow in color Doppler mode in the common flexor origin. The pain amplitude was moderate at rest and extremely high during kinetic and intentional movements. During last 2 years, the patient tried different types of therapy including manual therapy, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and also received a variety of injections none of which were effective for reducing pain and disability. This is the first study showed that one sessions of dry needling improved both pain and disability and helped to return to a normal life and exercise training."
Taken from the Journal of Human Kinetics: https://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/abs/10.1123/jsr.2017-0207?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed "Chronic musculoskeletal disorders in shoulder joint are often associated with myofascial trigger points (MTrP), particularly in the upper trapezius (UT) muscle. Dry needling (DN) is a treatment of choice for myofascial pain syndrome. However, local lesions and severe post-needle soreness sometimes hamper the direct application of DN in the UT. Therefore, finding an alternative point of treatment seems useful in this regard. To compare the efficacy of UT versus infraspinatus (ISP) DN on pain and disability of subjects with shoulder pain. We hypothesized that ISP DN could be as effective as the direct application of DN in UT MTrP. Single-blind randomized clinical trial. Sports medicine physical therapy clinic. 40 overhead athletes (age 36±16 yo; 20 females, 20 males) with unilateral shoulder impingement syndrome were randomly assigned to the UT DN (n=21) and ISP DN (n=19) groups. An acupuncture needle was directly inserted into the trigger point of UT muscle in the UT DN group and of ISP muscle in the ISP DN group. DN was applied in three sessions (2-day interval between sessions) for each group. Pain intensity (visual analog scale), pain pressure threshold (PPT) and disability in the arm, hand and shoulder (DASH) were assessed before and after the interventions. Pain and disability decreased significantly in both groups (P<0.001) and PPT increased significantly only in the ISP group (p=0.020). However, none of the outcome measures showed a significant inter-group difference after treatments (P>0.05). Application of DN for active MTrPs in the ISP can be as effective as direct DN of active MTrPs in the UT in improving pain and disability in athletes with shoulder pain, and may be preferred due to greater patient comfort in comparison with direct UT needling."