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A Double-blind Randomized Controlled Trial for the Effects of Dry Needling on Upper Limb Dysfunction in Patients with Stroke

Tavakol, Zahra; Shariat, Ardalan; Ansari, Noureddin; Ghannadi, Shima; Honarpishe, Roshanak; Dommerholt, Jan; Noormohammadpour, Pardis; Ingle, Lee

Authors

Zahra Tavakol

Ardalan Shariat

Noureddin Ansari

Shima Ghannadi

Roshanak Honarpishe

Jan Dommerholt

Pardis Noormohammadpour



Abstract

Spasticity is one of the main complications of a stroke. This double-blind, randomized controlled trial aimed to compare the result of three sessions of dry needling (DN) versus sham DN on the affected upper limbs in post-stroke survivors. We recruited 24 patients
(age 57.0 ± 9.6 years; male 71%). Patients were randomly allocated to two groups: a DN group and a sham DN group. The primary outcome measures were the Modified Modified Ashworth Scale (MMAS) and the Box and Block Test (BBT). Secondary outcome measures included
active and passive wrist range of motion (AROM and PROM). All assessments were measured at baseline, immediately after the last session of the intervention, and one month later. Patients in
the DN group had improved upper limb spasticity and passive wrist range of motion compared to the controls (P0.05). Dry needling is a useful method for improving muscle spasticity in the upper limbs of patients following stroke.

Citation

Tavakol, Z., Shariat, A., Ansari, N., Ghannadi, S., Honarpishe, R., Dommerholt, J., …Ingle, L. (in press). A Double-blind Randomized Controlled Trial for the Effects of Dry Needling on Upper Limb Dysfunction in Patients with Stroke. Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research, 45(2-4), 115-124. https://doi.org/10.3727/036012921X16112663844923

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 4, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 8, 2021
Deposit Date Jan 27, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 8, 2021
Journal Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research
Print ISSN 0360-1293
Publisher Cognizant Communication Corporation
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 2-4
Pages 115-124
DOI https://doi.org/10.3727/036012921X16112663844923
Keywords Dry needling; Sham dry needling; Spasticity; Stroke
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3701956
Publisher URL https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/cog/aetr/2021/00000045/f0030002/art00007

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