Are There Any Risks Associated With Dry Needle Therapy?


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Risks associated with dry needle therapy include infection, bruising, tingling, and a rare possibility of a pneumothorax if the procedure takes place near the chest wall, according to Physical Therapy Renaissance. These symptoms are rare and usually do not last long.

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Dry needling is a treatment technique that inactivates the myofascial trigger point, states Physical Therapy Renaissance. The physical therapist inserts a very small, sterile needle into the trigger point and continuously manipulates it to inactivate the trigger point. This often brings immediate relief from symptoms. The patient receives no medication during dry needling, and only therapists with advanced course work dedicated to dry needling should perform the procedure. Dry needling is not a standalone treatment, and therapist effectively pair it with manual therapy and/or physical therapy exercises.

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