TITLE 68: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
CHAPTER VII: DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
PART 1340 ILLINOIS PHYSICAL THERAPY ACT
SECTION 1340.75 INTRAMUSCULAR MANUAL THERAPY


 

Section 1340.75  Intramuscular Manual Therapy

 

a)         A physical therapist licensed to practice in the State of Illinois may only perform intramuscular manual therapy under the following conditions:

 

1)         Prior to completion of the education under subsection (a)(2), successful completion of a total of 50 hours of instruction in the following areas:

 

A)        the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular system;

 

B)        the anatomical basis of pain mechanisms, chronic pain and referred pain;

 

C)        myofascial trigger point theory; and

 

D)        universal precautions.

 

2)         Completion of at least 30 hours of didactic course work specific to intramuscular manual therapy.  This requirement can be fulfilled by the didactic pre-study required for the intramuscular manual therapy practicum course.

 

3)         Successful completion of at least 54 practicum hours in intramuscular manual therapy course work approved by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy or its successor (or substantial equivalent), as determined by the Department.  Each instructional course shall specify what anatomical regions are included in the instruction and describe whether the course offers introductory or advanced instruction in intramuscular manual therapy.  Each instruction course shall include the following areas:

 

A)        intramuscular manual therapy technique;

 

B)        intramuscular manual therapy indications and contraindications;

 

C)        documentation of intramuscular manual therapy;

 

D)        management of adverse effects;

 

E)        practical psychomotor competency; and

 

F)         the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations Bloodborne Pathogens standard.

 

4)         Postgraduate classes qualifying for completion of the mandated 54 hours of intramuscular manual therapy shall be in one or more modules, with the initial module being no fewer than 27 hours. Therapists shall complete at least 54 hours in no more than 12 months.  Physical therapists who completed the initial module prior to the adoption of this Section shall complete the remainder of the 54 hours by July 11, 2019.

 

5)         Completion of at least 200 patient treatment sessions under general supervision recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association.

 

6)         Successful completion of a competency examination approved by the Division.  The Division will accept competency examinations administered as part of the intramuscular manual therapy practicum course work.

 

b)         Each licensee is responsible for maintaining records of the completion of the requirements of this subsection (a) and shall be prepared to produce those records upon request by the Division.

 

c)         A newly-licensed physical therapist shall not practice intramuscular manual therapy for at least one year from the date of initial licensure unless the practitioner can demonstrate compliance with subsection (a) through his or her prelicensure educational coursework.

 

d)         Intramuscular manual therapy may only be performed by a licensed physical therapist and may not be delegated to a physical therapist assistant or support personnel.

 

e)         A physical therapist shall not advertise, describe to patients or the public, or otherwise represent that dry needling is acupuncture, nor shall he or she represent that he or she practices acupuncture unless separately licensed under the Acupuncture Practice Act [225 ILCS 2].

 

(Source:  Added at 42 Ill. Reg. 14185, effective July 11, 2018)