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  • Dry Needling Now Included in Utah PT Scope

    Dry needling is now included in the scope of practice for licensed physical therapists (PTs) in Utah thanks to legislation signed into law by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert on April 1.

    "We are pleased that the Utah Chapter took this legislative action to ensure that physical therapists in the state are able to legally provide the full range interventions within the physical therapist scope of practice," said APTA President Paul A. Rockar Jr, PT, DPT, MS, in an APTA press release. "This is a step in the right direction to ensure that all patients have access to the care they need from their physical therapists."

    The change was initiated after a December 2013 Utah Attorney General opinion that dry needling was not within the legal scope of practice for PTs. The Utah Chapter of APTA pushed for the legislation in what chapter President Curtis Jolley, PT, MOMT, described as "a great team effort and win for the practice of physical therapy in the state of Utah."

    The new law requires PTs to meet additional education and training requirements for the intervention, and restricts the activity to PTs who have been licensed for 2 or more years.



      Posted by Francisco Herrero-Garcia on 4/4/2014 7:31 PM

    • Well done Curtis Jolley for your efforts ! Proud of the Utah chapter of pushing this

      Posted by Mohinder Chawdhry PT MOMT on 4/4/2014 8:25 PM

    • This is a monumental step for PT's, congratulations! Now we need the same to happen in NC.

      Posted by R. Vance Stroupe Jr., PT, DPT on 4/5/2014 3:31 PM

    • This is absolute a wrong direction for PT profession. We , as physical therapists, treat patients by using non-invasive intervention. Dry needling is an invasive method. If this includes in our scope of practice, that means we will soon be allowed to perform injection to patient, only after getting "additional education requirement"? I feel like we don't have any confidence to treat our patients by using what we have. We have to steal something from another profession by just changing the name. Shame on Utah chapter.

      Posted by Jing Shan, PT on 4/6/2014 11:10 PM

    • Congratulations Utah! In our practice in Louisiana, there have already been so many patients that have been positively affected by dry needling intervention. Their recovery is most often quicker, getting them back to work or back to their life quicker. In my opinion, we are THE musculo-skeletal experts. Who better to treat patients with dry needling than Physical Therapists? I would welcome any advice from Utah as Louisiana is currently facing the same challenges to dry needling.

      Posted by Lisa George, PTA on 4/7/2014 10:37 AM

    • WOW, I just learned of dry needling this week when I limped into my PT here in Tucson AZ. After a brief explanation I said let's give it a try. The following day I felt nearly back to normal! I'm happy to hear it's come to Utah, as my daughter who lives there also suffers from lumbar pain. I am definitely going to try to hook her up with a PT there who can treat her with dry needling.

      Posted by Tom Terry on 9/4/2016 12:34 PM

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