Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Table of Contents - Year : 2017 | Month : June | Volume : 11 | Issue : 6 | Page : YM01 - YM03

Immediate Effects of Paraspinal Dry Needling in Patients with Acute Facet Joint Lock Induced Wry Neck YM01-YM03

Sukumar Shanmugam, Lawrence Mathias

Dr. Sukumar Shanmugam,
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuro-Physiotherapy, Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy, Nitte University,
Deralakatte, Mangalore-575018, Karnataka, India.

Introduction: Acute facet joint lock induced wry neck (AFJL-WN) is common among adult population and it is primarily managed by medications and physiotherapy. However, the immediate recovery from pain and movements restriction caused by AFJL-WN is not documented in favour of existing interventions.

Aim: To evaluate the immediate effects of paraspinal dry needling (PSDN) on acute neck pain and movement deficit in patients with AFJL-WN.

Materials and Methods: A total of 21 patients with AFJL-WN were treated with single session of PSDN for 12-15 minutes. The Visual Analog Scale (0-100mm) and Hand Held Goniometer were used to assess the immediate, 24 hours and 1 week follow-up neck pain and cervical spine’s range of motion respectively. The mean and standard deviation was used to make inferences.

Results: Immediately after PSDN the pain score was reduced and cervical spine range of motion have improved. The 24 hours and 1 week follow-up pain and range of motion scores have shown the sustained improvement without deteriorations.

Conclusion: PSDN is effective method to achieve pain free neck movements in patients with AFJL-WN.