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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectivness of dry needling to an active trigger point in the anterior deltoid musculature in conjunction with physical therapy. This case study presents a 77-year-old male with traumatic pull into flexion injury. In addition to being given RTC and postural musculature strengthening exercises, PROM, joint mobilization, and soft tissue mobilization, dry needling was performed at week 2 and week 4 of treatment.

From this case study, we can conclude that TrP-DN to an active TrPin the anterior deltoid can yield statistically significant improvements in ROM, strength, pain, and functional abilities when combined with physical therapy intervention. In addition, it is important to note that the most significant improvements were subjectively reported in the sessions immediately following each DN intervention.

Publication Date



University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Miami, FL

Medical Subject Headings

Dry Needling, Trigger Points, Aged, Male, Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy | Physiotherapy


This poster was presented at the Fall 2019 Graduate Research Day on the Miami, FL, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

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