In March 2018, legislation was passed allowing physical therapists to dry needle with certain rules and requirements.

According to an APTA brief on South Dakota, “On March 1, 2018, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed legislation permitting physical therapists (PTs) in the state to perform dry needling. The legislation amends the state’s physical therapist practice act by allowing PTs to perform dry needling if the PT successfully completes a course of study in dry needling approved by the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners. Requirements for course approvals are in the process of being established, and are anticipated to be completed prior to the legislation’s effective date of July 1, 2018.” Read the full brief on Bill HB 1079.

For current information on South Dakota’s meetings and rulings on dry needling, click here to visit the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association’s web page.  KinetaCore encourages practitioners to contact board representatives to express support and advocate for the physical therapy profession.

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.