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Adverse Effects from Dry Needling

Adverse Effects from Dry Needling

Adverse Effects from Dry Needling

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This course was recorded in May 2023


This online course by the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association course shares adverse events from using a Monofilament Needle in physiotherapy practice.

Many physiotherapists use some form of needling in their practice, and therefore it's essential to inform all physiotherapists of the potential risks of dry needling, in order to protect our scope of practice.

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Learning objectives

In this online course, the presenter, Susan Massitti, will:

  1. Identify risks reported in the literature and inform all physiotherapists of the potential risks of dry needling (acupuncture, dry needling, intramuscular stimulation).

  2. Suggest safe practice guidelines.


This online course is for any physiotherapist or healthcare professional who practices dry needling.


The presenter: Susan Massitti 

Susan is an instructor with UBC Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation ( and completed the University of Alberta Medical acupuncture training with Dr. Steven Aung.

Susan graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia with a Clinical Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy.

Susan is a “student of movement”,  a movement educator, an Olympic athlete, competing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics in long track speed skating and has been privileged to support many athletes at  Olympic Games and international events and learned equally from the amazing clients who have sought her help.

Susan is a lifelong learner with many certifications including:

  • Musculoskeletal Clinical Specialist
  • Senior Sport Scientist
  • UBC Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) Instructor & Clinician
  • Certificate of Medical Acupuncture
  • Registered International Sports Physiotherapist (RISP)
  • Canadian Academy of  Manipulative Physiotherapists
  • PMA Certified Pilates Teacher
The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Orthopaedic Division

The Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association helps our members improve their skills and service delivery through education, resources and networking.

With a reputation built on excellent instructors and a rigorous examination process, the Division offers tailored online e-learning, webinars, workshops, courses and practice resources for members at a reasonable cost and time commitment. Members learn from other practicing physiotherapists and stay current with a regularly updated curriculum and program delivery based on providing quality and modern treatment.

Course Material included in this course
  • Adverse Effects from Dry Needling
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • Colleges of Physical Therapy
  • Anatomy Training
  • Adverse Events of Dry Needling
  • Case History #1
  • Pneumothorax Caused by Dry Needling - Demonstration
  • Infection
  • Case History #2
  • Case History #3
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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