Physical therapists are permitted to perform Needle Electromyography by statute; however, for physical therapists, see Missouri Revised Statutes §334.500(4) which states “Physical therapists may perform electromyography and nerve conduction tests but may not interpret the results of the electromyography or nerve conduction test.”

EMG/NCS Testing uses electricity and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound uses sound waves for the evaluation (testing and measurement) of the neuro-musculoskeletal system.

APTA fully supports PTs practicing EMG/NCS Testing as it is within the scope of Physical Therapy Practice. The Orthopedic Section of the APTA in a white paper not only advocates the use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging within the scope of practice for Physical Therapy but also endorses its application both for diagnostic as well as procedural purposes to aid neuromuscular re-education, dry needling and electroneuromyography.

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