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Adverse Events Related to Dry Needling in Physiotherapy Practice

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18 March 2021

In this session, Dr. Valdes will discuss research regarding the types and frequency of adverse events related to the practice of dry needling by physiotherapists including:

  • Prevalence of different types of adverse events,
  • Rare but serious adverse events associated with dry needling,
  • Implications for clinical practice.

Adverse Events Paper, Part 1. Reprinted with permission from the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Valdes VR. Dry needling in physical therapy practice: adverse events. Park 1: Types and frequency of adverse events. Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice. 2021;33(1):34-39. Copyright 2021, Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, APTA, Inc.


Vanessa Valdes, PT, DPT, L.Ac. is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She obtained a B.Sc. (PT) from the University of Alberta in 1980, a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Tristate College of Acupuncture (TSCA) in 1999, and a DPT from Arcadia University in 2015. 

She has worked in a variety of clinical settings in Canada, and the USA. 

She currently practices as a clinical specialist in outpatient orthopedics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC and was a faculty member at the Tristate College of Acupuncture from 1999-2019. As a dually licensed physiotherapist and acupuncturist, she has written about scope of practice issues and adverse events related to needling treatments.

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