Mulligan's mobilization with movement and muscle trigger point dry needling for the management of chronic lateral epicondylalgia: A case report

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Background: It has been found that trigger points [TrPs] in the extensor carpi radialis brevis [ECRB] muscle reproduce pain in lateral epicondylalgia [LE]. Trigger point dry needling [TrP-DN] has not been previously investigated in LE. Findings: A female LE patient with duration of six years received eight treatments [TrP-DN in the ECRB muscle and a mobilization-with-movement technique] in a four-week period. The outcome measures of the patient-rated tennis elbow evaluation [PRTEE], pain-free grip force [PFG], visual analogue scale, and pressure-pain threshold [PPT] were taken pre- and post-intervention and at one-month and four-month follow-ups. The PPT increased from 248 to 609 kPa at the end of the treatment period. Elbow pain showed a substantial improvement from 7/10 at the pre-treatment to 0/10 after the four-week intervention period. PFG values increased from 12 to 28 kg after the treatment period. After the treatment, all values of the PRTEE questionnaire were 0, suggesting a rapid recuperation of elbow function following the intervention. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that the TrP-DN and mobilization-with-movement combination may be suitable for the restoration of motor function and the induction of a hypoalgesic effect in LE. © 2009 by Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. All rights reserved.

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