For those of you who have received notice of changes in physical therapy scope of practice and dry needling, click on this link for updated information from the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board and the APTA. This information is dated March 25, 2014, and states its support for dry needling for physical therapy, and offers guidelines on billing.
The state of Louisiana has approved Dry Needling to be within the scope of practice for their physical therapists; however, they have made a decision to require 50 hours of training. The Level 1 Functional Dry Needling Course® is 27 hours. KinetaCore requires that all Level 1 graduates log 200 sessions before taking Level 2. Louisiana states that physical therapists may needle patients to obtain the 200 sessions but they may not bill the patient, as that time frame is considered part of your education.
Recently, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners met to decide whether or not dry needling is within the scope of practice for physical therapists and chiropractors. They released this letter by the Louisiana Attorney General that states dry needling is within both the physical therapy and chiropractic scopes of practice, and the fine filiform needle is an approved devised in the treatment of “neuromuscular pain and functional movement deficits.”
If, as a physical therapist, you would like to begin billing for this procedure while you are practicing the Dry Needling technique between Levels 1 and 2, consider the option for you to take our Functional Therapeutics for Dry Needling course. The only prerequisite to this course is that you have taken FDN Level 1. Look for a course description under our Courses tab, above.
KinetaCore has received Course Sponsor Prior Approval from the State of Louisiana for FDN Level 1 and 2 Functional Dry Needling Courses, and has been approved for Continuing Education units. Click here for the letter.
KinetaCore serves only as an educational resource to clinicians and does not make any claim on professional licensure. It is always the practitioner’s responsibility to determine what is within their scope of practice. Participants are allowed to learn any technique through continuing education, but whether or not they can use this technique in their patient practice is determined by current licensing bodies. KinetaCore is a strong advocate of advancing the field of physical therapy and will encourage physical therapists to continue to be advocates for their profession.
If you have specific questions about your scope of practice, please contact your licensing board. KinetaCore recommends each practitioner be knowledgeable in their licensing body’s current decisions and rulings.
For further information and experience with KinetaCore’s Functional Dry Needling® we invite you to attend one of our Level 1 FDN training courses.