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The Mission of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA) is to improve the health, function and quality of life of individuals by representing, promoting and advancing the profession and best practice of physical therapy in North Carolina.
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A Victory for Physical Therapy Patients: North Carolina Court Dismisses Lawsuit Designed to Eliminate Dry Needling
In September 2015, the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board filed a lawsuit in North Carolina state court for a singular purpose: to prevent North Carolina physical therapists from providing dry-needling treatments to North Carolina patients.
That lawsuit, I am glad to report, has now been dismissed.
In an order issued last week, the North Carolina Business Court dismissed all of the Acupuncture Board’s claims against the Physical Therapy Board and several NCPTA members. The Court’s thorough and well-reasoned decision can be found at this link.
There is no reason to stop North Carolina patients from receiving dry-needling treatment. This is especially true when the ones who are trying to eliminate dry needling are doing it to protect their power in the marketplace.
The NCPTA will continue to fight for North Carolina patients and for physical therapists who serve those patients. The fight includes a federal antitrust lawsuit against the Acupuncture Board—a lawsuit that documents years’ worth of attempts to block North Carolina patients from receiving dry-needling treatments. You can find a copy of our federal lawsuit at this link.
The NCTPA’s efforts, of course, require resources. The NCPTA seeks your help to ensure that physical therapists and our patients win this battle. We owe it to our patients to stand up for their access to care.
Now is the time to consider a contribution to our legal defense fund—$100, $250, $500, or even $1,000. You can donate on our website by clicking this link.
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Dr. Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS is assistant professor and Director of Assessment and Evaluation for Duke University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Additionally, he serves as the primary educational consultant for Duke Global Medicine’s AiME project, focused on advancing medical education globally through sustainable delivery methods of high quality health professions education.