Dry Needling and Scapular Stabilization to Restore Function in a Division I Women’s Pole Vaulter with Shoulder Pain: A Case Report

Hanz Tao, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

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3 Comments on “Dry Needling and Scapular Stabilization to Restore Function in a Division I Women’s Pole Vaulter with Shoulder Pain: A Case Report

  1. This is so cool! Great presentation, Hanz! Did the athlete adjust anything in her training and/or position to hold the post? Does the athlete need to continue to do the scapular stabilization exercise to prevent the injury?

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  2. 1) I notice there was total restoration of shoulder function following TDN and scapular stabilization. With such success, would you also be able to recommend this treatment plan including TDN and scapular stabilization with someone whose “return to play” is not as time sensitive (i.e., an adult having difficulty with ADLs)? I understand you mention that clinicians should use caution when working with different populations, but perhaps this success could also be found elsewhere?

    2) I notice the patient was experiencing anterior shoulder pain. Along with finding the trigger points in the anterior deltoid, would it also be beneficial in identifying other tightness in the shoulder (perhaps mid or post. deltoid) to further reduce pain and improve function more efficiently?

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  3. This was an interesting study!

    Your study is very specific to a pole vaulter athlete. Is dry needling utilized in the general population for these same impairments and, if not, why is it not utilized more often or for every injury if it yields such quick and efficient results?

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