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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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7/22/19  5:03 pm
Commenter: Kara Prato, PT, DPT, CIDN

SUPPORT dry needling by PTs

Dry needling has been a huge advancement for the profession of physical therapy as it pertains to helping patients reduce pain and improve function.  So if we all have our patient's best interest in mind then why are people having issues with PTs performing this clinical skill.  We are highly educated and with the proper training are able to perform dry needling safely and within our scope of practice.  We do NOT claim to do accupuncture!! Yes we use the same mode of delivery ie: an accupuncture needle but the clinical reasoning behind why we do it is completely different and that is why dry needling and accupuncture require different types and timelines of schooling.  Each side can not fully appreciate the "why" behind our treatment because we don't have the same educational background but that doesn't mean that PTs shouldn't be doing dry needling, I believe that's called ignorance people!!

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