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Dry Needling UPDATE

New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners ruled to allow a grace period before PT’s are required to stop performing dry needling.

 

In order to ensure continuity of care for the patients and avoid “patient abandonment”, the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners ruled to allow a grace period tentatively set until January 31, 2018 during which trained physical therapists would be allowed to perform Trigger Point Dry Needling. After numerous patients testified, it became apparent to the NJBPTE that an undo hardship is being passed upon the consumers of NJ currently benefiting from dry needling performed by their physical therapist. The hardship would require these patients to travel long distances to Delaware or Connecticut where physical therapists are allowed to perform this procedure. In addition, the AG ruled that DRY NEEDLING IS NOT ACUPUNCTURE and as a result any complaints sent to the Acupuncture Board would have to be forwarded to the Physical Therapy Board.

This grace period will allow the American Physical Therapy Association of NJ to push for permanent legislation to include Trigger Point Dry Needling within the statutes of the Physical Therapy Practice Act.

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