GUEST COLUMN: Physical Therapists Should Not Practice ‘Dry Needling’ Without Proper Training

“….The carrier also disclosed that between 2012 and 2017, 34 dry needling claims arose from 19 states, with the most common injury alleged being pneumothorax (collapsed lung) from patients being treated for neck, shoulder or back pain.”

There is no possible way that a physical therapist can be qualified to use needles with little or no training. Aside from the obvious infringement on the acupuncture profession, if a PT or any other medical professional for that matter, spends a considerable amount of  classroom and clinical time studying this area of acupuncture treatment, then I would suppose they would be qualified to use this technique.

Please make no mistake about, dry needling is acupuncture. I should know since I have been trained in acupuncture physical medicine at Tri-State college in New York City in this technique, with Dr. Mark Seem, the President of TSCA who has written several textbooks on this subject.

To read the entire article click here.

Choose your acupuncture provider carefully. Board Certified acupuncture providers have thousands of hours of training which is vastly different then the training of physical therapists and chiropractors. To learn more about acupuncture styles and education please click here.

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