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CLINICAL COMMENTARY

Dry Needling for Myofascial Trigger Point Pain: A Clinical Commentary

Authors:  Unverzagt C, Berglund K, Thomas JJ

Sports and orthopaedic physical therapists have long used a multitude of techniques in order to address pain and dysfunction associated with myofascial trigger points.  One technique in particular has recently received overwhelming attention: trigger point dry needling (DN).  Despite its efficacy and low risk, questions remain as to its effectiveness, safety, and whether the technique is within the scope of practice of physical therapists. Therefore, the purpose of this clinical commentary is to summarize the current literature related to the associated mechanisms of action of DN, the safety of DN, as well as to discuss relevant scope of practice concerns.

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