North Dakota

The North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy has ruled that:

The ND Board of PT will allow physical therapists to perform EMG and NCS. However, these can only be performed by physical therapists that are board certified as Electrophysiologic Clinical Specialist (ECS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

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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