Adding trigger point dry needling to an exercise program for patients with chronic shoulder pain may be more cost-effective than exercise alone, according to a recent clinical trial. The combined intervention led to “improved quality of life and lower…costs than exercise alone,” write authors in Pain Medicine (abstract-only available for free).

The study is an expansion of earlier published results of the trial, which indicated that including trigger point dry needling was just as effective as exercise alone at reducing shoulder pain intensity, and better at improving pain-related disability. That open-access article appears in The Journal of Pain.

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