Background: Neck pain is one of the most frequently reported complaints of the muscu�loskeletal system. Therapeutic ultrasound is a noninvasive modality commonly used in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. It has been proposed that thera�peutic ultrasound has thermal and mechanical effects on deep tissue sites through the delivery of ultrasonic energy. Meanwhile, acupuncture typically includes manual stimula�tion of needles, but variations are common, such as electrical or heat stimulation of the needles. It is suggested that acupuncture at local myofascial trigger points also has an analgesic effect. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of combination therapy using ultrasound and local point acupuncture to reduce neck pain.
Subjects and Method: This was a randomized controlled trial. Total sample of 30 people with neck pain was randomly allocated into treatment group (combi�nation of ultrasound and local point acupuncture), and control group (acupuncture only). The dependent variable was neck pain. The independent variable was ultrasound and local point acupuncture. Neck pain was measured using visual analog scale (VAS). Mean diffe�rence of neck pain after intervention between groups was tested using independent t test.
Results: Mean of neck pain score after intervention in the treatment group (combination of ultrasound and acupuncture) (Mean= 2.13; SD= 0.64) was lower than control group (acupuncture only) (Mean= 3.73; SD= 3.23), and it was statistically significant (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Combination therapy of ultrasound and local point acupuncture is effective to reduce neck pain compared to acupunture only.