All procedures have the potential to either not work or produce side-effects. The inherent risks of each procedure should be understood. These are outlined in the description provided for each procedure. However, the best way to investigate these issues further is by discussion with the practitioner involved inthe procedure. Additionally, any procedure performed by lcinicans at a MPC are outlined by one of the team of nurse practitioners, who will go through a check list that includes the identification of any pertinent health risk, a description of the procedure itself inlcuding its goals, and an outline of the potential risks.
The major risk of any needle procedure is infection. The risks of infection are minimised by the use of sterile protocols. The other substantial but temporary side-effect is post-procedural pain. This can be managed by the use of adequate rest, the application of soothing applications inlcuding heat and/or ice, and by medications.