Physical Therapy clinicians throughout the country are working with their state boards to gain acceptance of this technique.
Pennsylvania Dry Needling State Status
As of 9/23/11 the board issued a statement saying they do not consider dry needling to be within the scope of practice for PT’s. However, below is a letter that was issued by the state board’s legal counsel stating they may not make a statement one way or the other. We recommend contacting your board to voice your concern, interest, and request to have the topic revisited as it seems they are conflicting.As of October, 2014, recent rulings by the State Board have voted down the addition of dry needling to the PT practice act. The Chapter has formed a practice act work group to develop a strategy for dry needling. Any PT’s interested are encouraged to lobby the board for the addition of dry needling. Please contact the board for more information on upcoming meetings and the practice act work group.
View the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy’s response in the approval process.
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.
For further info and experience with KinetaCore’s Functional Dry Needling® we would like to invite you to attend one of our Level 1 Functional Dry Needling® training courses.