Dry Needling Rulings

Pennsylvania

Is Dry Needling Legal in Pennsylvania?
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  • In September 2011, the State Board of Physical Therapy of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued a statement that “dry needling is not legal to perform as a physical therapist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania”.
  • The President of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association opposed the ruling in October 2011, as the PT Board has no legal authority to issue such advisory opinions or pre-approve conduct.
  • To date, whether dry needling is within the scope of PT practice in Pennsylvania remains undetermined.