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Dry Needling: Rules Process to Begin

Tuesday, September 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Dry Needling: Rules Process to Begin

Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed legislation Friday, August 25, 2017, amending the Illinois Physical Therapy Act to include dry needling within the scope of practice for licensed physical therapists.

Senate Bill 898, sponsored by State Senator Pamela J. Althoff (R), and State Representative Theresa Mah (D) defines dry needling, outlines educational requirements for physical therapists, and the requirements to demonstrate compliance with the law.

Today in Chicago, the IDFPR's Physical Therapy License & Disciplinary Board will begin to consider how the new dry needling laws translate into practice.

"The biggest challenge will be determining how individuals who have already completed dry needling education will determine what, if any, additional training will be required," stated IPTA's Executive Director, Colleen Flannery. 

The educational requirements are complex, particularly the requirement of documentation of the PT's first 200 patient treatments.  For those who were practicing dry needling clinicians already, this will be a challenge -- and one that the IPTA hopes IDFPR will address in the coming weeks.

"We recognize that everyone is anxious to return to incorporating dry needling into practice and we are waiting for guidance from IDFPR on how that should happen." 

Special updates will be provided as information becomes available. 



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