Objective: The purpose of this article is to describe a study protocol that will aim to assess the effectiveness of adding dry needling or neural mobilization to conventional physiotherapy in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis.
Methods: We propose to conduct a 2-group, participant-blinded, randomized clinical trial with recruitment of 36 participants with lateral epicondylitis from a recognized super-speciality tertiary care hospital. After fulfilling eligibility criteria, consenting participants will be randomized to either a dry needling group or a neural mobilization group, both with conventional therapy as well. The outcome measures will be the Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation questionnaire, pain pressure threshold, grip strength, and range of motion.
Results: Data analysis will be done by Wilcoxon signed-rank test or paired t test and Mann–Whitney U test or independent t test. The significance level will be set at 0.05. All outcome measures will be recorded at baseline and after 2 weeks of intervention.
Conclusion: This study protocol will provide data regarding the effects of dry needling and neural mobilization in people with lateral epicondylitis.
Author Keywords: Dry Needling; Radial Nerve; Tennis Elbow; Trigger Points
Author affiliations: RG: Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, India; AC: Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana, India
Corresponding author: Riya Gupta: Riya.firstname.lastname@example.org
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