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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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6/19/19  9:14 am
Commenter: Doug Erickson

In support of physical therapists performing dry needling

I fully support physical therapists performing dry needling. I would also like to see state regulations changed to drop the requirement that patients get a prescription for dry needling from a doctor in order to receive the treatment from a physical therapist. There have been many times over the last several years when I would have liked to have dry needling done by my PT, but could not due to the extra time and expense involved in having to have a doctor's appointment first in order to get the prescription. I don't believe this type of deadweight loss (both to me physically for forgoing the treatment and to my PT in lost business) is adequately accounted for in the Economic Impact Analysis.

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