Author ORCID Identifier
Adnan N. Balisi: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5045-4471
Vince Paul Lobaton: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3959-032X
Dane Marie O. Debulgado: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-1710-9613
Jhonas Santi A. Jegira: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-1710-9613
Mae Adrinne B. Tumonong: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-0318-2131
Christian James Y. Brillas: https://orcid.org/0009-0008-7558-8562
Ritchie Belle S. Gelito: https://orcid.org/0009-0006-5496-7956
Mychelle Rae R. Marasigan: https://orcid.org/0009-0000-1043-1427
Introduction: Usage of vacuum therapy and dry needling in physical therapy management of musculoskeletal cases have gained increasing usage but the literature regarding their effects is limited. This study determines the effect size of the interventions, which are vacuotherapy and dry needling as adjunct treatments to exercises, performed in a local PT clinic to musculoskeletal cases in three different treatment sessions with a week gap in between.
Methods: The study is a retrospective cohort where sampling was purposive in gathering historical patient charts. The numerical pain rating scales and relevant range of motion (ROM) in the musculoskeletal cases were collected for analysis.
Results: Results showed a large significant reduction in pain scale between sessions but no significant changes in all ranges of motion across different anatomically categorized musculoskeletal cases.
Discussion: The results of this study imply that using vacuum therapy and dry needling as an adjunct to therapeutic exercises can reduce pain intensities significantly but not ROM. Further research is recommended regarding the effects of these tools on ROM and their retention of effects.
Balisi, A.N., Lobaton, V., Debulgado, D.O., Jegira, J.A., Tumonong, M.B., Brillas, C.Y., Gelito, R.B., & Marasigan, M.R. (2023). Effectiveness of Vacuotherapy and Dry Needling as Adjunct Treatment for Musculoskeletal Cases: A Cohort in a PT Clinic. Philippine Journal of Physical Therapy. 2(1):13-20. https://doi.org/10.46409/002.BWM56802