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2022 Apr 23

J Clin Med



Dry Needling in Physical Therapy Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain: Systematic Review.


Rodríguez-Huguet M, Vinolo-Gil M J, Góngora-Rodríguez J
J Clin Med. 2022 Apr 23; 11(9).
PMID: 35566496.


Chronic Neck Pain (CNP) is one of the main causes of disability worldwide, and it is necessary to promote new strategies of therapeutic approach in the treatment of chronic pain. Dry needling (DN) is defined as an invasive physiotherapy technique used in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders. The purpose of this review was to assess the effectiveness of invasive techniques in treatment of CNP. The search focused on randomized clinical trials, and according to the selection criteria, eight studies were obtained. In conclusion, DN can be an effective treatment option for CNP, positive outcomes were achieved in the short-term and in the follow-up performed between three and six months, and this technique may offer better outcomes than a placebo intervention based on the application of simulated DN.