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South Dakota PT Dry Needling
"Dry needling," a skilled technique performed by a licensed physical therapist who has completed an approved course of training using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and physical function capability for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability.
Education and Training Requirements
The course of study shall include:
The majority of the course of study shall be in-person. Courses held entirely online or by other distance learning will not satisfy this requirement; and
The physical therapist may only perform dry needling on the parts of the body included in the course of study.
Prior to performing dry needling, the physical therapist shall, on a form approved by the board, provide proof of successful completion of a board approved course of study in dry needling evaluated through a practical, hands-on evaluation and a written examination.
Dry needling may not be delegated to a physical therapist assistant.
S.D. Codified Laws § 36-10-52
S.D. Admin. R. 20:66:04