Study Evaluating the Benefit of Dry Needling for Patients With Neck Pain

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified February 2011 by Integrated Therapy Practice PC.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : February 23, 2011
Last Update Posted : February 23, 2011
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Integrated Therapy Practice PC

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine whether individuals with neck pain will respond favorably to a program of manual therapy, directed at the cervical and thoracic spine (including thrust manipulation), and exercise, in combination with dry needling, as compared to manual therapy, directed to the cervical and thoracic spine (including thrust manipulation), and an exercise program alone.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Neck Pain Procedure: dry needling Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 66 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effectiveness of Dry Needling for Patients With Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Study Start Date : February 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date : November 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2012

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Intervention Details:
    Procedure: dry needling
    The needling will take place bilaterally at both the suboccipital region and the paravertebral muscles between C4 and T4. The needling will take place with the patient in the prone position. Following all needle placement, they will rotated clockwise till the point that tension on the needle is felt by the therapist. This will create more tension between the needle and tissue fibers, after which the needles were removed.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. neck disability index (NDI) [ Time Frame: 4,12, 24 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient Global Rating of Change (GROC) [ Time Frame: 4, 12, 24 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age between 18-60 years old
  2. Primary complaint of neck pain
  3. Restricted cervical extension/and or cervical rotation ROM
  4. Neck Disability Index > 20 points

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Red flags noted in the patient's Neck Medical Screening Questionnaire (i.e. tumor, fracture, metabolic diseases, RA, osteoporosis, prolonged history of steroid use, symptoms of vertebrobasilary insufficiency, pregnancy, cervical spinal stenosis, bilateral upper extremity symptoms etc.
  2. Use of blood thinners
  3. History of whiplash injury within the past six weeks
  4. Evidence of central nervous system involvement, to include hyperreflexia, sensory disturbances in the hand, intrinsic muscle wasting of the hands, unsteadiness during walking, nystagmus, loss of visual acuity, impaired sensation of the face, altered taste, the presence of pathological reflexes (i.e. positive Hoffman's and/or Babinski reflexes), etc.
  5. Two or more positive neurologic signs consistent with nerve root compression, including any two of the following:

    • Muscle weakness involving a major muscle group of the upper extremity
    • Diminished upper extremity muscle stretch reflex (biceps brachii, brachioradialis, or triceps)
    • Diminished or absent sensation to pinprick in any upper extremity dermatome
  6. Prior surgery to the neck or thoracic spine
  7. Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, or Acupuncture treatment for their neck pain in the last 12-months
  8. Workers compensation or pending legal action regarding their headaches
  9. Insufficient English language skills to complete all questionnaires
  10. Inability to comply with treatment and follow-up schedule

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01301170

United States, Indiana
Integrated Therapy Practice PC Recruiting
Hobart, Indiana, United States, 46342
Contact: Rob Sillevis, PT, DPT, PhD    219-945-1538   
Principal Investigator: Rob Sillevis, PT,DPT,PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Joshua Cleland, PT,DPT,PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Integrated Therapy Practice PC
Principal Investigator: Rob Sillevis, PT,DPT,PhD adjunct faculty University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Responsible Party: Rob Sillevis, Integrated Therapy Practice PC Identifier: NCT01301170     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UR-0922-129
First Posted: February 23, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 23, 2011
Last Verified: February 2011

Keywords provided by Integrated Therapy Practice PC:
Neck pain
Dry Needling
Manual Therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neck Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms