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Talking Points: An Oxford-Style Debate on Dry Needling

HOSTED BY Section on Women’s Health-APTA

Presented at the 2017 Combined Sections Meeting – San Antonio, TX on February 18, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST.

Session Speakers:

  • Kali Aucoin, PT, DPT
  • Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, Cert. TPS, OCS, FFAOMPT
  • Scot Morrison, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
  • Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT
  • Kenneth Venere, PT, DPT

Session Description:
Dry needling is arguably the most popular and fastest growing intervention in physical therapy today. There has been a remarkable increase in continuing education offerings, published research (an eight-fold increase in citations from 2010 to 2015 compared to 2000 to 2005) and legislative battles fighting to protect PTs right to utilize dry needling. This Oxford-style debate will address the motion: This house believes PTs should implement dry needling into practice.? Each side is charged to address the implementation of dry needling into clinical practice in regards to research, theoretical construct, cost of training, legislative action, and other considerations.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand and assess the literature base for dry needling.
2. Identify the pros and cons of implementing dry needling into clinical practice.
3. Compare and contrast the arguments for and against implementation of dry needling into clinical practice.
4. Develop an informed stance on dry needling.


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