The Use of Dry Needling for a Subject with Chronic Lateral Hip and Thigh Pain: A Case Report.

Authors: Pavkovich R

Lateral thigh pain, commonly referred to as greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) and/ or iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) is commonly treated by the physical therapist.  Lateral thigh pain is commonly treated by the physical therapist.   The sources of lateral thigh pain are commonly attributed to GTPS and/ or ITBS though various pathologies may contribute to this pain, of which trigger points (TrPs) may be an etiology.  Dry needling (DN) is an intervention utilized by physical therapists where a monofilament needle is inserted into soft tissue in order to reduce pain to improve range of motion/ motor control dysfunction.  This can assist with facilitation of return to prior level of function.  The purpose of this case report is to report the outcomes of a patient with lateral hip and thigh pain treated with DN as a primary intervention strategy.

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