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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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Department of Health Professions
 
Board
Board of Physical Therapy
 
chapter
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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7/18/19  5:37 pm
Commenter: Yan Fan

L.A.c
 

Dry needling is acupuncture. If PT and other practitioner want to practice it, welcome! But for patients safety issues, PT still owe 700 hours additional training course and need passed clean needle technique. Third party examination must set up.  PT just take very little hours course training then changed acupuncture name as Dry needling to try to bypass acupuncture Law to practice acupuncture/Dry needling that is high risk for patients.   According a collected information shows three serious case happened in Richmond  Virginia. 1) In December 2013, Stewart J. a 50 years-old lady suffered a Traumatic Pneumothorax from penetrating right lung injury related to dry needling performed by a Physical Therapist. She was hospitalized for two days. 2) In may 2015, Knauer J. a 30 years-old lady also suffered a Traumatic Pneumothorax from penetrating right lung injury related to Dry needling performed by a Chiropractor. She was hospitalized for six hours. 3) In 2016, Jenkins W. a 23 years-old young man suffered a Traumatic Pneumothorax from penetrating lung injury related to Dry needling performed by a PT. He was hospitalized for four days.

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