Gianpaolo Ronconi 1*, Cristina Nigito1, Fabio De Giorgio2, Paola E. Ferrara1
1. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unite, Teaching Hospital Foundation “Agostino Gemelli” IRCCS, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy; 2. Public Health Institute, Legal Medicine Section, Teaching Hospital Foundation “Agostino Gemelli”, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.
Key words: Dry Needling, Rehabilitation, Legal Medicine.
Summary: In an our previous article, we described a case of a professional swimmer who presented a pneumothorax after treatment with dry needling (DN), performed by a physiotherapist.
Although only few cases of serious adverse events after this treatment are reported in literature, the description of this case seemed to us of considerable interest to underline and discuss the medical-legal and ethical aspects related to competencies and responsibilities of medical doctors and physiotherapists performing the procedure.
The doctor-patient relationship, in this case, has failed because the patient has not received a correct diagnosis and adequate rehabilitation treatment according to international guidelines.…