Categories: Physical Therapy

JJ featured in FSBPT Competency Study

Check out this article co-authored by Primal’s own JJ Thomas. She was featured as a task force member, and a key contributor to an FSBPT Competency study focused on Dry Needling. Check out the abstract below or click the link to review the full publication. 


Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement impairments, and disability. Since 2010, jurisdictions have sought information from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) regarding the ability of physical therapists (PTs) to perform dry needling; however, no publically available studies have explicitly examined what PTs must know and be able to do to perform dry needling safely and effectively. To provide its members with objective, professionally developed guidance, FSBPT sponsored a practice analysis of the competencies required of physical therapists to perform dry needling. Competencies are measurable or observable knowledge, skills, and/or abilities an individual must possess to perform a job competently.

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JJ Thomas is the owner and founder of Primal Physical Therapy, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. She is an instructor for Evidence in Motion, and lectures and speaks nationally on the topics of Dry Needling, Functional Movement Analysis, and Functional Anatomy. She has been published in IJSPT for her contribution to a commentary on dry needling and consults as a content expert for organizations such as the APTA and FSBPT. In this role, she played a large part in the addition of a CPT code for dry needling through the AMA and was on the task force that helped identify competency standards for dry needling education nationally. JJ works with US Field Hockey teams, and individuals from US Lacrosse, US Polo, USA Track and Field, NFL, NBA, PLL, MLB, and more.

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