Are there side effects from dry needling?

Most adverse effects have been minor and include:

  • Soreness during or after the treatment
  • Bleeding at the place where the needle was pushed in
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising

A very rare side effect from improper needle insertion could be major organ puncture, such as a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) caused by puncturing the lung through needle insertion in the chest.

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