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Georgia PT Dry Needling

Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability for preventative and therapeutic purposes.

Consultation

Prior to performing dry needling, the PT must consult with a physician or physician assistant.

Dry Needling Course Requirements 

A physical therapist has demonstrated specific and competent education and training when the licensee has submitted the following documentation to the Board:

  • Proof of education in the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens Standard: and,
  • At least one of the following:
    • Proof of graduation from an entry-level physical therapy program that included dry needling instruction consisting of a minimum of fifty (50) hours total and a competency assessment of achievement in its curriculum; or
    • Proof of graduation from a post-graduate credentialed residency or fellowship program of study that included dry needling instruction consisting of a minimum of fifty (50) hours total and a competency assessment of achievement in its curriculum; or
    • Proof of documented, successful completion of a didactic dry needling course of study consisting of a minimum of fifty (50) hours total and a competency assessment of achievement in its curriculum.

License Renewal

At the time of license renewal, each licensed physical therapist approved to perform dry needling shall attest that he or she is practicing dry needling in the state of Georgia in accordance to the rules and regulations of the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy.

Reference

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 490-9-.05

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