The Effects Of Dry Needling On Physical Therapists

1485 WordsJul 6, 20156 Pages
Dry needling is currently one of the “scope of practice” battles encountered in the physical therapy profession. The “hot topic” is extremely controversial and is not only debated by physical therapists but by acupuncturists as well. The primary issue is whether dry needling should actually be considered under the physical therapists scope of practice. The controversial aspect arises because the dry needling technique is technically invasive because the skin is being punctured. Another issue that comes about this topic is the insufficient amount of research conducted. (Benefits/Side Effects) In addition, dry needling is also not currently included in the DPT programs curriculum. Therefore, those physical therapists who want to acquire this skill it is required to be learned in a continuing education course. Furthermore, there are currently only 18 locations in the United States that offer dry needling education to physical therapists. Another issue concerning dry needling is how this technique should be coded and billed. This being said, it is illegal for physical therapists in New York, Idaho, Tennessee, Hawaii, and South Dakota to perform dry needling in their practice. For example, Hawaii prohibits physical therapists from puncturing skin under any circumstances. Although, it is not considered illegal in the other states, it has not been confirmed as qualifying under the scope of practice by the state regulatory board. The APTA has even began to contact
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