Excerpt from the Safe Practice of Dry Needling in Alberta Summary Report.

This report is a summary of a review conducted by the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) in response to a request by the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta (College) to complete an independent review of adverse outcomes, specifically pneumothorax, resulting from dry needling practices by physiotherapists in Alberta, in order to improve the quality and safety of this practice.

While this review was conducted for the College, the HQCA (with permission from the College) is sharing the findings more broadly to inform quality and safety in dry needling practices for all practitioners. This review identifies clinical practice issues in dry needling related to pneumothorax, which is the most common serious adverse outcome following dry needling.  HQCA. The Safe Practice of Dry Needling in Alberta. Summary Report. October 2014.

Click here to read The Safe Practice of Dry Needling in Alberta.