DRY NEEDLING tHERAPY

Dry needling (DN) is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using a single-use, single-insertion, sterile filiform needle, which is used to penetrate the skin or underlying tissue to effect change in body conditions, pain, movement, impairment, and disability. Like any treatment there are possible complications. While these complications are rare in occurrence, they are real and must be considered prior to giving your consent for dry needling treatment. Risks of the procedure: The most serious risk associated with DN is accidental puncture of a lung (pneumothorax). If this were to occur, it may require a chest x-ray and no further treatment. The symptoms of shortness of breath may last for several days to weeks. A more severe lung puncture, while rare, may require hospitalization. Other risks may include bruising, infection, or nerve injury. It should be noted that bruising is a common occurrence and should not be a concern. The monofilament needles are very small and do not have a cutting edge; the likelihood of any significant tissue trauma from DN is unlikely.