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Injury: Syndesmotic (High) Ankle Sprains Without Diastasis

In athletic and military populations ankle sprains are a common occurrence that could result in significant time loss due to injury. The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimated that between the years 2002 and 2006 that 3,140,132 ankle sprains reported to Emergency Departments in the United States. [1] It is estimated that the annual …

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Treating Cervicogenic Headaches with Dry Needling and Manual Therapy

Cervicogenic headache refers to a headache of cervical origin1. The International Headache Society (IHS) has classified headaches as primary, where there is no other causative factor, or secondary, where the headache occurs in close temporal relationship to another disorder to which it is attributed2. A cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache caused by a disorder …

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Trigger Finger: Using Concepts of Mechanotransduction to Guide Your Treatment Approach

Trigger Finger Trigger finger is one of the most prevalent causes of hand disability 1. About 2.6% of the population will suffer from trigger finger across their life span2. Although trigger finger is considered a mild hand pathology, it has a wide-ranging impact on hand functioning, daily activities and quality of life 3. It can be caused …

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FAQs About Dry Needling

For the time that I’ve been using dry needling as a modality for recovery and performance enhancement, I’ve learned that many people have questions about the practice. Is it the same as acupuncture? What is it used for? Etc.

Why S&F?

My mom hates that I go by the name ‘Sue’. My entire family calls me Susan. And like everyone else, when I was really in trouble, it was first and middle name. I was Susan Ann.

Dry Needling Education

First, we need to look at dry needling the way we look at manual therapy. There are many wonderful manual therapists teaching different forms of soft tissue mobilization, mobilization and …

Bridging the Gap

S&F Education was started in September, 2016 by Sue Falsone. It was started out of a need to create an integrated and welcoming space for physical therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors ..

Six Facts About Dry Needling

Dry needling has become one of my most used modalities in my clinical practice. The more I learn about it, the different techniques, the physiology and how to apply it to injury, performance …

Impact of Needle Diameter on Long-Term Dry Needling Treatment of Chronic Lumbar Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Gang Wang, MS ; Qian Gao, MD ; Jun Li, MS ; Yuling Tian, MS ; Jingshan Hou, BS Click Here to Download the PDF Abstract: Wang G, Gao Q, Li J, Tian Y, Hou J: Impact of needle diameter on long-term dry needling treatment of chronic lumbar myofascial pain syndrome. Am J Phys Med …

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Court Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by NC Acupuncture Licensing Board

Advocates for North Carolina physical therapists (PTs) have scored a victory by way of a superior court, which dismissed a lawsuit brought by the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board (NCALB) against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (NCBPTE), several PTs, and a physical therapy practice over the issue of dry needling by PTs. …

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New is the well-forgotten old: The use of dry cupping in musculoskeletal medicine

Evgeni Rozenfeld, BPT a,b, Leonid Kalichman, PT, PhD a,* Research Link: http://www.bodyworkmovementtherapies.com/article/S1360-8592(15)00279-X/pdf Link opens in a new window Review: “There is initial scientific evidence that dry cupping is able to reduce musculoskeletal pain. Since cupping is an inexpensive, noninvasive and low-risk (if performed by a trained pra- ctitioner) therapeutic modality, we believe that it should …

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Trigger Point Dry Needling and Proprioceptive Exercises for the Management of Chronic Ankle Instability: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Read This Research Research Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4430654/ Link opens in a new window Research Objective: Objective. To compare the effects of combined trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) and proprioceptive/strengthening exercises to proprioceptive/strengthening exercises on pain and function in ankle instability … Click here to read more.

Dry needling: a literature review with implications for clinical practice guidelines

Read This Research Research Link: http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/108331913X13844245102034 Link opens in a new window Research Objectives: To operationalize an appropriate definition for dry needling based on the existing literature and to further investigate the optimal frequency, duration, and intensity of dry needling for both spinal and extremity neuromusculoskeletal conditions … Click here to read more.

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture: The Ongoing Debate

Read This Research Research Link: http://aim.bmj.com/content/33/6/485.long Link opens in a new window Abstract Although Western medical acupuncture (WMA) is commonly practised in the UK, a particular approach called dry needling (DN) is becoming increasingly popular in other countries. The legitimacy of the use of DN by conventional non-physician healthcare professionals is questioned by acupuncturists. This …

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Efficacy of myofascial trigger point dry needling in the prevention of pain after total knee arthroplasty: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23606888 Abstract The aim of this study was to determine whether the dry needling of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) is superior to placebo in the prevention of pain after total knee arthroplasty. Forty subjects were randomised to a true dry needling group (T) or to a sham group (S). All were examined for MTrPs by …

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Baseline Examination Factors Associated With Clinical Improvement After Dry Needling in Individuals With Low Back Pain

http://www.jospt.org/doi/abs/10.2519/jospt.2015.5801#.VZFqFBNVhHx Objectives: To explore for associations between demographic, patient history, and physical examination variables and short-term improvement in self-reported disability following dry needling therapy performed on individuals with low back pain (LBP).   Baseline Examination Factors Associated With Clinical Improvement After Dry Needling in Individuals With Low Back Pain

Evidence for the use of dry needling and physiotherapy in the management of cervicogenic or tension-type headache: a systematic review.

Full Article There is good evidence in the literature supporting physiotherapy in the management of some forms of headache. Dry needling of myofascial trigger points is becoming an increasingly common approach despite a paucity of research evidence supporting its use. The purpose of this review was to determine the evidence supporting the use of dry …

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Peripheral and Central Considerations

Dommerholt J. Full Article Dry needling is a common treatment technique in orthopedic manual physical therapy. Although various dry needling approaches exist, the more common and best supported approach targets myofascial trigger points. This article aims to place trigger point dry needling within the context of pain sciences. From a pain science perspective, trigger points …

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