A critical appraisal of "Effects of dry needling on poststroke spasticity, motor function and stability limits: a randomised clinical trial"


This paper appraises an article published in Acupuncture in Medicine in 2018 by one student and two research chairs at Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain. The study looks at the effects of dry needling on muscle spasticity, motor function, and stability limits in patients post-stroke. An introduction to the clinical question that led to the appraisal of this article precedes the methods described to search for the article. A summary of the work is provided before an appraisal of the introduction, methods, results, and discussion is offered. Next, a discussion about the clinical relevance to current practice and an argument for using the intervention is given. Lastly, there is a brief conclusion about the overall appraisal of the article.