Dry Needling for Spasticity in Stroke

Completed

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- first-ever unilateral stroke;
- hemiplegia resulting from stroke;
- age between 40 and 65 years old;
- presence of hypertonicity in the upper extremity;
- restricted range of motion of the shoulder

Exclusion Criteria

- recurrent stroke;
- previous treatment with nerve blocks, motor point injections with neurolytic agents for spasticity at any time;
- previous treatment with BTX-A in the 6 months prior the study;
- severe cognitive deficits; 5, progressive or severe neurologic diseases, e.g., heart conditions, unstable hypertension, fracture or implants in the lower extremity;
- fear to needles;
- any contraindication for deep dry needling, e.g., anticoagulants, infections, bleeding, or psychotic.