Dry Needling Effectiveness Study

The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research has reported the latest study to evaluate the effectiveness of dry needling to treat plantar heel pain.

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Acupuncture & dry needling are becoming popular treatments for plantar pain

Plantar heel pain is a common and disabling condition and is one of the most common foot conditions. over the years, various treatments are tried with varying degrees of success and the alternative therapy of dry needling is increasingly being used as an adjunctive treatment.

There have only been two trails to investigated the effectiveness of dry needling for plantar heel pain and both trials were considered low quality.

This latest manuscript describes the design of a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of dry needling for plantar heel pain.

Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial
Matthew P Cotchett1,2 , Karl B Landorf1,2 , Shannon E Munteanu1,2  and Anita Raspovic1,2
1  Department of Podiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora, 3086, Australia
2  Musculoskeletal Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora, 3086, Australia

Eighty community-dwelling men and woman aged over 18 years with plantar heel pain

This study is the first randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of dry needling for plantar heel pain. The trial will be reported in accordance with the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials and the Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture guidelines. The findings from this trial will provide evidence for the effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain.

Read full article – In the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

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