DPT Recruiting Patients for Knee Pain Study in Elmhurst

I am currently looking for patient volunteers for a study measuring the effectiveness of dry needling and electrostimulation for knee arthritis patients. This study, a capstone project for a fellowship program, requires nine volunteers and is free of charge (no copay–totally covered by your insurance) at our Elmhurst clinic.

We are looking for subjects that may have received injections in the past but are looking to avoid surgery. I am providing the inclusion criteria below.

Criteria (need at least three):

  • Over 50 years old
  • Knee pain (rated at least 2 out of 10)
  • Morning stiffness
  • Crepitus with motion
  • Tenderness to the area/touch
  • Bony enlargement or x-ray confirmation of arthritis
  • Have not had a knee injection less than 4 weeks prior to beginning treatment

The study runs for ten 30-minute sessions. Subjects can begin at any time, with a deadline to start before the end of October.

Patients’ doctors will be notified of participation and we will provide a full screen taking past medical history into account to ensure the treatment is safe and appropriate for each individual.

Knee osteoarthritis affects 37% of adults in the US between 45 and 60 years old, and even up to 25% in 20 year olds. While many seek injections as treatment for knee pain, there can be considerations: injections may have short term benefits for decreasing pain, but have significantly detrimental effects on cartilage and tendon health in the long term.

Dry needling along with electrostimulation offers a conservative complement/alternative with lasting benefits and fewer detrimental effects. Current research shows moderate improvements in pain, stiffness, and function within a few visits. Our study will be assessing how long these results last.

To Volunteer or for more information:

Call our Elmhurst clinic: 630-833-9446

Email Dr. Mante B.:

DPT – Elmhurst

360 W. Butterfield Rd. Suite 315
Elmhurst, IL 60126