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Board of Physical Therapy
 
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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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7/26/19  10:27 pm
Commenter: Michael

CASE REPORTS - Colorado
 

Case 1. In November 2013, 17-year-old Torin Yater- Wallace suffered a penetrating right lung injury related to dry needling performed by a physical therapist [17–20]. The penetrating right lung injury resulted in a traumatic pneumothorax [17–20]. He was treated for the traumatic pneumothorax at the emergency department of the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado, and was admitted to that hospital on the same day [17–20]. The traumatic pneumothorax required medical and surgical intervention [17,20]. He was hospitalized for five days [17,20].

Case 2. In April 2015, 36-year-old Amanda Hilton suffered a penetrating left lung injury related to dry needling performed by a physical therapist [21]. The penetrating left lung injury resulted in a traumatic pneumothorax [21]. She was treated for the traumatic pneumothorax at the emergency department of the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado, and was admitted to that hospital on the same day [21]. The traumatic pneumothorax required medical and surgical intervention [21]. She was hospitalized for three days [21].

Case 3. In June 2015, 41-year-old Lisa Kerscher suffered a penetrating right lung injury related to dry needling performed by a physical therapist [22]. The penetrating right lung injury resulted in a traumatic pneumothorax [22]. She was treated for the traumatic pneumothorax at the emergency department of the Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, and was admitted to that hospital on the same day [22]. The traumatic pneumothorax required medical and surgical intervention [22]. She was hospitalized for three days [22].

Reference:

17. Axon R. Torin Yater-Wallace bounces back from
collapsed lung with top run. USA Today. 2013 Dec14. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ olympics/sochi/2013/12/13/torin-yater-wallace-dew-tour-ion-mountain-championship-halfpipe-qualifying/4019707/.

  1. Mutrie T. Torin under pressure. X Games. 2014 Jan13. http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/skiing/ article/10269254/torin-yater-wallace-ski-halfpipe- favorite-winter-olympics.

  2. Kilgore A. Two years ago, he clung to life, fighting a mystery illness. Now he could win Olympic gold. Washington Post. 2017 Dec 26. https:// www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/two- years-ago-he-clung-to-life-fighting-a-mystery-illness- now-he-could-win-olympic-gold/ 2017/12/26/4c7570fc- e9f3-11e7-9f92-10a2203f6c8d_story.html? utm_term=.6b4c8e033125.

  3. Vila C. Back to life: the Torin Yater-Wallace story. Los Angeles (CA): MRB Productions; 2018. https:// www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1T3MQVJNN1W11/back- to-life.

  4. Dry Needling Adverse Event Reporting System report. 2018 Mar 29.

  5. Lisa Kerscher v. Theraphysics Partners of Colorado, Inc. d/b/a Physiotherapy Associates; Andy Free, No. 2017CV31995 (Denver District Court, Denver County Jun. 1, 2017).

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