Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Acupuncture
(1999; 35 pages) [French] [Spanish] View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Open this folder and view contentsSection I: Basic training in acupuncture
Close this folderSection II: Safety in acupuncture
Open this folder and view contents1. Prevention of infection
Open this folder and view contents2. Contraindications
Close this folder3. Accidents and untoward reactions
View the document3.1 Needle quality
View the document3.2 Position of patient
View the document3.3 Fainting
View the document3.4 Convulsions
View the document3.5 Pain
View the document3.6 Stuck needle
View the document3.7 Broken needle
View the document3.8 Local infection
View the document3.9 Burning during moxibustion
View the document4. Electrical stimulation and laser therapy
Open this folder and view contents5. Injury to important organs
View the document6. Patient records
Open this folder and view contentsAppendix
View the documentAnnex I: List of participants

3.6 Stuck needle

After insertion, one may find it difficult or impossible to rotate, lift and thrust, or even to withdraw the needle. This is due to muscle spasm, rotation of the needle with too wide an amplitude, rotation in only one direction causing muscle fibres to tangle around the shaft, or to movement by the patient.

The patient should be asked to relax. If the cause is excessive rotation in one direction, the condition will be relieved when the needle is rotated in the opposite direction. If the stuck needle is due to muscle spasm, it should be left in place for a while, then withdrawn by rotating, or massaging around the point, or another needle inserted nearby to divert the patient's attention. If the stuck needle is caused by the patient having changed position, the original posture should be resumed and the needle withdrawn.

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