APTA CO Professional Development Committee Seeks Members

Posted: March 15, 2018

The APTA Colorado Professional Development Committee is seeking members who want to create compelling programming for upcoming conferences. Our team is in particular need of therapists with a keen interest in retaining local and national speakers on acute and/or neuro care. Time commitment is variable, usually two hours every other month with additional opportunities for involvement based upon committee needs and your availability. Please contact Anne Keil at [email protected] or Ted Weber at [email protected] for more information on this exciting opportunity!




NE District Event - April 18: Ribcage, Respiration, & Recovery: Calming A Nervous System

Posted: March 16, 2018 

Join the NE District on April 18, 2018 for the 'Ribcage, Respiration, & Recovery: Calming A Nervous System' course. The event will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Colorado In Motion, with speakers John Zapanta PT, DPT and Tim Flynn PT, PhD. Learn more and register!


PT Practice Act – HB 18-1155 Update

Posted: April 6, 2018

HB 18-1155 is currently on the table (still being deliberated on) in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. Intense debate was heard last week, primary in opposition to the inclusion of dry needling in to the Statutory Language of the PT Practice Act from Acupuncturists and acupuncture interest groups.

As a reminder, PT’s can utilize dry needling in Colorado, and this is currently due to Rule 211, but it is not specifically included in statute (in the PT Practice Act). HB 18-1155 (yes it is called a house bill, but has cleared the house and is now in the senate), in its current formwill codify include into statute dry needling and also Diagnosis by PT’s, an updated legislative declaration of the scope of PT Practice in CO and affirm the role of PTA’s in wound care (not sharp debridement) and having a representative on the PT Board.

A legislative call to action went out Tuesday morning (4/3/18), providing a simple and very time efficient way for you to contact your Senate legislator and ask them to support HB 18-1155. If you have not done this yet, or if the e-mail went to spam or somewhere else… please find it and act! 

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Receive A Complimentary Box of Dry Needling Filaments When Registering For March 24th Dry Needling Symposium

Posted: March 15, 2018 

Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd, Denver

Earn 7.5 Points of Category I Education

Join APTA Colorado for the Dry Needling Symposium. There will be multiple speakers and breakout sessions for the novice, developed and expert practitioner in the utilization of dry needling in PT practice.

Register Here!


8:30 – 9:00: Welcome and Regulatory/Legislative Overview. 
9:00 – 9:50: History and Development of Dry Needling.
9:50 – 10:40: Integration of DN into Patient Management in Colorado.
10:40 – 11:30: Dry Needling: Considering a Neuroplastic Pain Science Model. 
11:30 - 12:00: Impact of Dry Needling on Patient Care in CO.
12:00 - 1:00: Lunch
1:00 - 4:00: Break Out Sessions

Break Out Session Topics

  • Dry Needling in the Athletic Population
  • Treatment of Acute and Chronic Pain with Dry Needling
  • Use of Dry Needling in the Treatment of Scarring
  • Dry Needling and Tendinopathy
  • Dry Needling and the Tactical Athlete

Panel Discussion 4:00 – 5:00
The Balancing Act: Developing Dry Needling in PT Practice Whilst Defending our Ability to do it. Stories, Ideas and Innovations Across the USA and the World. 



Learn more about the speakers. 

Register here!



Physical Therapist Practice Act – Sunset Update

Posted: March 7, 2018 

Why the Dry Needling Symposium needs your support!

Colorado Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, APTA Colorado members, students and supporters.

March 24th, 2018 will be the first Dry Needling symposium held in Colorado for Physical Therapists. If you utilize dry needling in your practice in Colorado, this is an event that needs your support.

This event is a direct fund-raiser to address the significant financial challenges of protecting the entire scope of Physical Therapist/Physical Therapists Assistant’s at the same time as working to ensure that the PT practice act is renewed in Colorado under the Sunset Act. This is happening right now.

The lawsuit brought against the PT board by two acupuncture associations over the use of dry needling by PT’s under Rule 211 was denied by the Denver District Court in December, but this decision has recently been appealed by the acupuncture plaintiff’s. Recognizing that this will likely now lead to a prolonged appeals process on the basis of the PT Board’s interpretation of the PT Practice Act, we have moved to modernize and update the PT practice ACT to make very clear what has already been determined multiple times by legislature in Colorado, that dry needling is part of PT practice.

Currently the Sunset Bill has passed the Public Health & Human Services Committee of the Colorado Legislature on a 10-3 vote, with an amendment to include dry needling into the scope of physical therapist practice passing 11-2. On Monday March 5th, the Sunset Bill, as amended to include dry needling passed 13-0, but no debate on dry needling was allowed, this was a vote purely on the financial impact of maintaining PT licensure. The good news, the legislature was unanimous in committee that we are worth the cost! We are ½ way through the house, the senate is yet to come.

We do have an ongoing battle to protect the full scope of our practice. The sunset bill updates the legislative definition of PT practice, allows PTA’s to partake in aspects of wound care, brings a PTA representative onto the PT Board, brings Diagnosis by PT’s into statutory language and will maintain the PT Practice Act through 2025. The bill also fixes our problem with the PT compact and we are back in!

What is needed now: Support the Dry Needling Symposium. Jan Dommerholt (Myopain) and Edo Zylstra (Kinetacore) are flying in to support our cause and present updates on dry needling, scar management, pain management with dry needling and to continue to advocate that a Physical Therapist need every tool in their tool box to address the needs of Coloradan’s. Sign up today or donate

Cameron MacDonald

APTA Colorado Chapter President

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