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Dry needling has lasting analgesic effect in shoulder pain

Musculoskeletal pain disorders rank as the 10th leading cause of years lived with disability worldwide. Shoulder pain is responsible for up to 20% of musculoskeletal complaints, leading to inability to work, loss of productivity, and a considerable burden for the patient and society. Shoulder pain is a common complaint of all ages, and it is one of the major reasons why patients consult with primary health care providers. The lifetime prevalence of shoulder disorders may affect up to 70% of the population.