Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trial

Dry Needling in Multiple Sclerosis

Summary

We are doing this study to see if a treatment called dry needling improves muscle spasticity (muscle tightness) in people who have Multiple Sclerosis. Dry needling involves using tiny needles, like those in acupuncture, to target some muscles, like calf muscles. It differs from traditional acupuncture as it focuses on treating or managing muscle spots, aiming to reduce muscle stiffness and pain. Dry needling may offer a minimally-invasive and medication-free approach to improve muscle spasticity. We hope to see if dry needling also helps enhance balance and walking abilities. This might provide potential improvements inoverall mobility and balance.

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Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Age 18 to 64 years
Clinical diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis based on the McDonald Criteria
Spasticity in their lower legs
Patient Determined Disease Steps (PDDS) score of 5 or below

Exclusion Criteria:

Inability to communicate effectively with study personnel
Needle phobia
Severe varicose veins
Presence of an active implanted device
Pregnancy
Any active cancer or history within 1 year
known or suspected infection at the site of needling or in the surrounding area
Presence of a fixed plantarflexion contracture at the ankle
Acute fracture of dislocation in the region (bilateral lower extremity)
Deep vein thrombosis or peripheral vascular disease
Thrombophlebitis, or active osteomyelitis in the region (bilateral lower extremity)
Any medication changes, including antispastic medicines, for the past three months.

Study is for people with:

Multiple Sclerosis

Estimated Enrollment:

24

Study ID:

NCT06394310

Recruitment Status:

Not yet recruiting

Sponsor:

University of Kansas Medical Center

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Human Performance lab
Kansas City Kansas, 66103, United States

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Study is for people with:

Multiple Sclerosis

Estimated Enrollment:

24

Study ID:

NCT06394310

Recruitment Status:

Not yet recruiting

Sponsor:


University of Kansas Medical Center

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