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Adverse Events Related to Dry Needling in Physiotherapy Practice

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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