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In November 2013, 17-year-old Torin Yater-Wallace suffered a penetrating right lung injury caused by dry needling performed by a physical therapist. The penetrating right lung injury resulted in a traumatic pneumothorax (an accumulation of air in the pleural cavity resulting from blunt or penetrating chest injury and causing lung collapse). He was treated for the traumatic pneumothorax at the emergency department of the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado, and was admitted to that hospital on the same day. The traumatic pneumothorax required medical and surgical intervention. He was hospitalized for five days. (Photo: @TorinWallace)

 
 
 

Attorneys General Opinions Pertaining to Dry Needling

New Jersey Attorney General Opinion Pertaining to Dry Needling [PDF - 214 KB]

“Physical therapists are not authorized to engage in the practice of dry needling.”
— Christopher S. Porrino, New Jersey Attorney General

“Dry needling is not within the scope of practice for physical therapists.”
— Steven A. Wolf, Oregon Chief Counsel of the General Counsel Division

“The practice of dry needling does not fall within the scope of practice of a licensed physical therapist.”
— Robert W. Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General