Effect of Dry Needling in Patient with Cervical Radiculopathy in Reducing Pain and Increasing Rom Compared to Interferential Therapy
Keywords:Cervical radiculopathy, Dry needling, Interferential therapy, Neck exercise, NPRS, Goniometer
Background: This study was designed to inspect the effectiveness of Dry needling and interferential therapy on
cervical radiculopathy patients.
Purpose: To compare the effectiveness of dry needling and interferential therapy in patients with cervical
Materials and methods: It is an experimental study from November 2022 to April 2023. In this study, 30 subjects
were allocated randomly using a randomization method (computer-generated random numbers) according to
inclusion and exclusion criteria. Group A was allocated for interferential therapy with neck exercise (n=15) and
Group B was allocated for dry needling with neck exercise (n =15). Outcome measures are NPRS (Numerical pain
rating scale), Goniometer. Informed consent was obtained from the patient.
Result: From the statistical analysis, both groups showed extremely satisfied statistical significance between their
pre- and post-test values (p<0.0001) Also, there is a significant difference in the post-test values of both groups
(p<0.0001) which denotes that dry needling therapy with neck exercises values are higher than the IFT with neck
exercises values for reducing pain and increasing ROM of cervical joint for cervical radiculopathy.
Conclusion: In this study, Dry needling with Neck exercise activities was found to be more beneficial than IFT
with neck exercise in reducing cervical pain and increasing ROM.
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