Dry needling leaves doctor with pneumothoraces: case

The newly graduated medic developed symptoms 12 hours after a physio used dry needling to treat her post-exam neck and shoulder pain

A newly graduated doctor was left with bilateral pneumothoraces after a physiotherapist used dry needling to treat a sore neck and shoulder, according to the first case study of its kind.

The 24-year-old junior doctor, who had a BMI of just 21.9kg/m2, had developed neck and shoulder pain while studying for her final exams, say doctors from Regional Hospital Mullingar, Ireland. 

She later attended a physiotherapist, who performed trigger point dry-needling using 40mm-long acupuncture