Dry Needling is a public health risk and puts patients in danger since Physical Therapists are not sufficiently trained and piercing the skin is not in their scope of practice in NJ. A weekend seminar does not train PTs sufficiently to handle blood borne illnesses and many other issues. Recently it has come to our attention that Physical Therapy Assistants have been trained with a weekend course to perform what is essentially acupuncture. PT assistants only have an Associates Degree and in no way have the education and skill to pierce the skin. This is a huge health risk.