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Dry Needling

Dry needling in physical therapy is increasing, yet the intervention is included in the PT scope of practice in some states but not others.

State Laws and Regulations Governing Dry Needling Performed by PTs

Feb 13, 2023/Infographic

This map displays the states that specifically allow dry needling by PTs, states that prohibit the intervention by PTs, and states in which a clear opinion has not surfaced.

FSBPT Analysis of Competencies for Dry Needling by Physical Therapists

Jul 10, 2015/Report

In 2015, FSBPT set out to define what PTs must know and be able to do to perform dry needling safely and effectively. This study reveals the answers.

Considering Providing Dry Needling Services?

Mar 1, 2021/Column

Understand your professional, legal, and personal scopes of practice.

Dry Needling, Trigger Points, and Myofascial Pain Syndrome – #XchangeSA

Oct 7, 2019/Podcast

Joseph Donnelly, PT, DHS , discusses what you need to know about dry needling, trigger points, and myofascial pain syndrome and how physical therapy can work in these areas.

Dry Needling: Getting to the Point

May 1, 2015/Feature

Dry needling by physical therapists is a hot topic. What's fact? What's fiction? Take a look beneath the surface.

For Consumers: Dry Needling: What You Should Know

Aug 1, 2018/Website

This webpage from APTA's consumer-focused website provides an overview of the intervention, related equipment used, and the PT's role.

Study: Adding Dry Needling to Exercise for Shoulder Pain Could Reduce Broader Costs

Mar 21, 2018/Review

Adding trigger point dry needling to an exercise program for patients with chronic shoulder pain may be more cost-effective than exercise alone, according to a recent clinical trial.

North Carolina PTs Get Decisive Dry Needling Win

Mar 12, 2019/News

After a nearly 4-year battle, physical therapists (PTs) in North Carolina can finally claim victory in their fight to protect dry needling: last week, the state's acupuncture licensing board relented on its attempt to restrict the intervention, signing off on a settlement agreement in federal district

TRICARE Balks at Covering TENS and Dry Needling

Mar 6, 2020/News

TRICARE calls TENS "no more effective than placebo" and labels dry needling for LBP "unproven."