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Intramuscular stimulation and eccentric exercise versus eccentric exercise plus sham needling for the treatment of chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy

Start Date: 30/08/2012

This study is currently recruiting participants.

Status: OPEN

Study Aims 
Can Achilles tendon pain (tendinopathy) be treated more effectively if we add a form of treatment called IMS (intramuscular stimulation) to the current standard treatment programme? 

Open to Participants
Men and women between the ages of 19 and 60 who have pain in the area of the Achilles tendon. 

Contact 1

Paul Drexler - Research Assistant - Profile

email -

Contact 2

Alex Scott - Profile
University of British Columbia
772-2635 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V5Z1M9 


Sponsor / Funding

University of British Columbia

Chan Gunn IMS / Neuropathic Pain Research Fund (Canada)
Alan McGavin Sports Medicine
3055 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z3
+1 604 822 6755

Related Links

Another Success for a Clinician and Research Partnership Project - July 16, 2014

New Release September 19, 2016

ISRCTN Registry Number: 70177540 

DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN70177540

Access Online -

Whiplash Associated Disorders - Needling Treatments - Pilot Study

Official Title:A Pilot Case Randomized Control Study Analysing the Effectiveness of 3 Needling Techniques: Intramuscular Stimulation, Neural Prolotherapy, and Myofascial Release in the Treatment of Chronic Whiplash Associated Disorder.

This study is currently recruiting participants.

Status:  OPEN

This pilot study is being conducted to provide proof of concept for three needling treatments, in the treatment of whiplash associated disorder type 2 (WAD-II).
These techniques are Intramuscular stimulation (IMS), neural prolotherapy (NPT), and myoActivation (mA).

Estimated Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: June 2013
Estimated Primary
Completion Date:

December 2015
Final data collection date for primary outcome measure

Contact:   Krista B Friesen, MSc
   ph. 604-566-9101

Sponsor: University of British Columbia Identifier: NCT01824810

  Related Links:            
Treating Whiplash: Associated Disorders
with Intramuscular Stimulation: 
A Retrospective Review 43 Patients
with Long-Term Follow-up, Case Report



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