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Virginia Physical Therapy Dry Needling
Dry needling is an invasive procedure that requires referral and direction. Referral should be in writing; if the initial referral is received orally, it shall be followed up with a written referral.
Dry needling is not an entry level skill but an advanced procedure that requires additional post-graduate training.
Prior to the performance of dry needling, the PT shall obtain informed consent from the patient or the patient's representative. The informed consent shall include the risks and benefits of the technique. The informed consent form shall be maintained in the patient record.
Dry needling shall only be performed by a PT and shall not be delegated to a PTA or other support personnel.
18 VAC 112-20-121
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