Effect of Dry Needling on Patients with Lumbar Radiculopathy in Reducing Pain and Increasing Range of Motion Compared to Interferential Therapy
Keywords:Lumbar radiculopathy, L4-L5 and L5-S1, nerve root compression, radiating pain, dry needling, IFT.
Background: The most prevalent disorder affecting the spinal cord is lumbar radiculopathy. The incidence of this
condition is estimated between 3% and 5% of the population and it impacts both male and female equally. The
goal of this present study is to compare the effectiveness of dry needling to interferential therapy [IFT] in terms of
reducing pain and increasing the lumbar range of motion in patients with lumbar radiculopathy.
Purpose: To determine the effect of dry needling on patients with lumbar radiculopathy in reducing pain and
increasing lumbar ROM compared to interferential therapy.
Materials and Methods: 30 subjects participated and pre assessment and post assessment was taken using
Numerical Pain Rating Scale [NPRS] and the Modified-Modified Schober Test [MMST]. For both groups, the
intervention period lasted for 2 weeks and the entire study procedure was carried out from November 2022 to
Result: This study showed an extremely satisfied statistical significance difference between post-test values of
both groups (p<0.0001). However, the experimental group showed substantially greater statistical significance
than the control group in terms of the decrease in pain levels and the increase in lumber ROM.
Conclusion: The study concluded that intervention provided to the experimental group was more effective than
intervention provided to the control group.
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