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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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7/22/19  6:40 pm
Commenter: Jason Xin, Chinese Medicine of Australia Inc.

PT do Dry needling still Owe 700 hours Class Training, and need passed NCCAOM Examination
 

Dry needling is a part of acupuncture. If PT and other professional practitioner want to practice it, it is well welcome. But for patients safety issues, PT still owe 700 hours additional course an d need passed clean needle technique. And third party examination must set up.  Now , PT just take 20 or 30 hours training then started Practice Acupuncture/Dry needling by changed acupuncture name as Dry needling to bypass Acupuncture Law, it put patients in high risk. According a collected rough information shows Three serious case occurred only in Richmond VA area. 1) In December 2013, Stewart J. a 50 years old lady suffered a Traumatic Pneumothorax from penetrating right lung caused injury by the dry needling performed by a "High educated" 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 caused injury by the 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 caused injury by dry needling performed by a PT.He was hospitalized for four days. 

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