North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy formally accepts dry needling, also known as Intramuscular Manual Therapy.
As of May 13, 2013, the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy voted to admit dry needling to the physical therapy scope of practice. Meeting minutes are posted to the NDPT website and contain this statement:
Dry Needling: Discussion was held on Intramuscular Manual Therapy (Dry Needling). The Board now has no policy on this issue and in response to inquiries states only that “as with all non-entry level skills the licensee will obtain competence through continuing education prior to practicing a new skill.” The Board has also reminded licensees that one of the grounds for discipline under article 43-26.1-13(3), NDCC, is failing to refer a patient or client to an appropriate practitioner if the diagnostic process reveals findings that are outside the scope of a physical therapist’s knowledge, experience or expertise.
FSBPT’s position paper on intramuscular manual therapy was referenced and discussed. It was moved by Dave Relling, seconded by Jeanne DeKrey and passed unanimously to adopt as Board policy that intramuscular manual therapy (dry needling) is within the scope of practice for North Dakota physical therapists.
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