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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7/22/19  12:43 pm
Commenter: Cortney Herndon, DPT

I support dry needling performed by trained PTs

As a dry needling PT, I can tell you that I have been well trained and in every circumstance let patients know that I am not trained in acupuncture. I am a firm believer that the patient comes first. I promote other professionals and their skill sets to my patients and have often referred patients for acupuncture when I felt it would be beneficial. If I am personally able shorten the duration of care while improving movement disfunction and improving their pain, It would be my hope that I be able to continue the practice of dry needling. With the cost of healthcare rising, why as professionals can’t we choose to do what is most beneficial for the patient? I value other providers and do not feel threatened by their growing knowledge. PTs have extensive training in anatomy and take that a step further when training to become a dry needling provider. Lack of education and training in order to provide this treatment clearly aren’t the issues here. 

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