Jan D. Dommerholt

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Dry needling is a common treatment technique in orthopedic manual physical therapy. Although various dry needling approaches exist, the more common and best supported approach targets myofascial trigger points. This article aims to place trigger point dry needling within the context of pain sciences. From a pain science perspective, trigger points are(More)
Address all correspondence and request for reprints to: Jan Dommerholt Bethesda Physiocare, Inc. 7830 Old Georgetown Road, Suite C-15 Bethesda, MD 20814-2440 dommerholt@bethesdaphysiocare.com Abstract: Trigger point dry needling is a treatment technique used by physical therapists around the world. In the United States, trigger point dry needling has been(More)
Physical therapists and other health care providers frequently evaluate and treat patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). The term CRPS replaces the previous terms reflex sympathetic dystrophy (now referred to as CRPS Type I) and causalgia (CRPS Type II). Part 1 of this paper describes the diagnostic criteria for CRPS and the clinical features(More)
Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is described as the sensory, motor, and autonomic symptoms caused by myofascial trigger points (TrPs). Knowing the potential causes of TrPs is important to prevent their development and recurrence, but also to inactivate and eliminate existing TrPs. There is general agreement that muscle overuse or direct trauma to the muscle(More)
BACKGROUND Shoulder pain is reported to be highly prevalent and tends to be recurrent or persistent despite medical treatment. The pathophysiological mechanisms of shoulder pain are poorly understood. Furthermore, there is little evidence supporting the effectiveness of current treatment protocols. Although myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) are rarely(More)
BACKGROUND Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that is often chronic or recurrent. Myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) cause shoulder pain and are prevalent in patients with shoulder pain. However, few studies have focused on MTrP therapy. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of multimodal treatment of MTrPs in patients with(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Little is currently known about the quality of physiotherapy care for patients with musculoskeletal pain. Neck pain was used as an example. The aim is to develop a set of quality indicators, including a practice test. METHODS A systematic method is used to develop potential process and outcome indicators. An expert and user(More)
Trigger points (TrP) are hyperirritable spots in a taut band of a skeletal muscle, which usually have referred pain. There is controversy over whether TrP are a peripheral or central nervous system phenomenon. Referred pain, the most characteristic sign of TrP, is a central phenomenon initiated and activated by peripheral sensitization, whereby the(More)
Persistent myalgia following whiplash is commonly considered the result of poor psychosocial status, illness behavior, or failing coping skills. However, there is much evidence that persistent myalgia may be due to neurophysiologic mechanisms involving peripheral and central sensitization. Myofascial trigger points may play a crucial role in maintaining(More)