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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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7/24/19  2:02 pm
Commenter: Tomas Lee

Against Dry needle by PT without NCCAOM certificate
 

AGAINST Dry needle by PT without NCCAOM certificate

AGAINST Dry needle by PT without NCCAOM certificate

 

Dry needling is 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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