The Effect of Dry Needling of the Gluteus Medius Muscle in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain

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Updated on 3 April 2023
back pain
low back pain
dry needling


The effectiveness of dry needling of the Gluteus Medius muscle in combination with active exercises will be examined compared with sham needling with active exercises in low back pain (LBP) patients.


Objectives: To examine if dry needling in combination with active physiotherapy is more effective in reducing pain and increase activity of daily living, range of motion and muscle strength in patients with chronic low back pain compared to sham dry needling in combination with active physiotherapy.

Methods: the study will include individuals with non-specific LBP over 3 months.

Subjects will be divided randomly into two research groups, both will receive physiotherapy including mobility, strengthening and stretching exercises. Intervention group, additionally to exercises, will receive dry needling to the Gluteus Medius muscle by inserting a needle to a trigger point until a visible involuntary twitch in the muscle appears. Sham needling will be applied by needling with pre-cut and smoothed needles that will not penetrate the skin.

Both groups will receive two treatments per week and up to six treatments overall, evaluation will be performed before and after the series of treatments.

Condition Low Back Pain
Treatment Dry needling, Sham Dry Needling
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04498572
SponsorUniversity of Haifa
Last Modified on3 April 2023

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