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Efficacy of Dry Needling in Treating Scars following Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Case Report

Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2022 Dec 20;36:156. doi: 10.47176/mjiri.36.156. eCollection 2022.


Background: In this case report of a 31-year-old female, we describe the effects of dry needling on scar tissue following total hip arthroplasty. Case report: A 31-year-old woman underwent an elective bilateral total hip replacement due to a motor vehicle accident. Based on physical examination, the patient had burning pain at the incision site at the time of menstruation and limited hip range of motion worse on the right side. The treatment program consisted of six sessions of dry needling over a three-week period alongside infrared radiation for 20 minutes during each session. The needles were spaced along the entire length of the scar tissue and rotation was performed back and forth across the scar region to release the adhesion between the scar line and the underlying tissue, focusing more on the painful-to-touch spots and adhesive points. Following the completion of the dry needling treatments hip range of motion and the patient’s functional outcome improved. Dry needling may be an effective and rapid treatment for scar tissue adhesion after surgical procedures. High-quality randomized-controlled studies are needed to verify the efficacy of this method.

PMID:36660004 | PMC:PMC9845656 | DOI:10.47176/mjiri.36.156


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