Effectiveness of dry needling for upper quarter myofascial pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is associated with hyperalgesic zones in muscle called myofascial trigger points. When palpated, active myofascial trigger points cause local or referred symptoms, including pain. Dry needling involves inserting an acupuncture-like needle into a myofascial trigger point, with the goal of reducing pain and restoring range of motion. The objective of this study was to explore the evidence regarding the effectiveness of dry needling to reduce pain in patients with MPS of the upper quarter.

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