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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy [18 VAC 112 ‑ 20]
Action Practice of dry needling
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 7/26/2019
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7/6/19  11:10 am
Commenter: Alexandra Watkins

Concerns over dry needling for Physical Therapists

I do not think expanding the role of physical therapists to dry needling is in the best interest of the public. Their in-school training for invasive techniques is minimal, as is their licensing and oversight for anything that breaks the surface of the skin. Even with post-grad training, their education in needle technique & safety is a 10th of what is required for licensed acupuncturists which should be the bar. This lapse puts the public at risk of injury and infection, and is an inappropriate expansion of their scope of practice. 

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