Unfortunately, until there is statutory change to the NJ Physical Therapy Practice Act that specifically names dry needling as a therapeutic intervention, the physical therapists at db Ortho PT must stop performing this highly effective clinical tool on Aug 31, 2017. There have been hundreds of patients who have benefited from this procedure without one complaint or adverse reaction. The ruling is purely the result of a turf battle with acupuncturists who claim the treatment is the unlicensed practice of acupuncture. Fortunately the AG ruling DID NOT state that dry needling was indeed the unlicensed practice of acupuncture when performed by trained physical therapists. However, his ruling did specify that the intervention was not specifically listed in the practice act that governs the licensed practice of physical therapy. Therefore, statutory change is required and will be worked on by the professional association for physical therapists in NJ – APTA-NJ. Stay tuned for an update over the next few months. Until then, if you have benefited from this technique, please let us know.
A comprehensive meta-analysis was recently performed to compare the effects of glucosamine vs a placebo on Hip and Knee OA pain and functioning. The study was published in the July 2017 issue of the Annals of Rheumatic Disease. The results prove no benefits in pain or function in those using glucosamine or a placebo. Click here to read the study
Physical therapy just as effective as surgery for subacromial shoulder pain syndrome.
Read the full article published in the News Transcript written by Dr. Jerry Moczerniuk, PT, DPT.
Read article published July 4th in the News Transcript written by Dr. Bertone.
Published in the News Transcript and Independent Newspapers:
A recent study in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy found that cortisone injections to the lateral hip in the trochanteric bursa did not provide greater pain relief or reduction in functional limitations compared to dry needling performed by a physical therapist. They concluded that the bursa may not be the source of the lateral hip pain and that it is injury to the muscles and tendons in the area that responded better to the dry needling technique. Click below to read the JOSPT Perspectives for Patients.
Dr. Bertone will be presenting a lecture to a national audience at the PPS of the American Physical Therapy Association in Chicago, IL in Nov 2017 on Concussion management. He will be teaching other private practice members on how to successfully design a concussion management program for their practices.
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