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Idaho Physical Therapy Dry Needling

Dry Needling: A skilled intervention performed by a physical therapist that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying neural, muscular, and connective tissues for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain and movement impairments.

Required Education and Training

A PT, with at least one (1) year of practice as a licensed PT, may perform dry needling upon successful completion of education and training in dry needling that meets the following requirements:

    • The education and training consists of a minimum of twenty-seven (27) hours of in-person instruction of which no less than sixteen (16) hours must be hands-on application of dry needling techniques by the physical therapist;
    • The education and training includes instruction and training on indications/ contraindications for dry needling, safe needling technique, and blood borne pathogens;
    • Each course is approved by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) or another nationally recognized accrediting body of physical therapy that is approved by the Board; and
    • Each course requires successful completion of an assessment of proficiency in dry needling, which includes a practical demonstration of the physical therapist’s dry needling skills.

Practice Standards

Only a PT can practice Dry Needling.  Cannot be delegated.

Upon request by the Board, a PT must produce documentation of having satisfied the education and training requirements.

Prior to performing dry needling on a patient, the PT must provide the patient with information that includes a definition and description of the practice of dry needling and a description of the risks, benefits, and potential side effects of dry needling and obtain the patient’s written consent to treatment, which documentation must be maintained as part of the patient record.


IDAPA 24.13.010

IDAPA 24.13.180

IDAPA 24.13.181

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