Biophysical Agents Special Interest Group
The purpose of the Biophysical Agents Special Interest Group (BPA SIG) is to serve as a resource and forum for individuals who are interested in the use of electrotherapy and other biophysical agents as part of the management of patient/client medical conditions. The Biophysical Agents SIG will facilitate networking, mentoring, and sharing of resources for all individuals interested in these technologies.
Join the BPA SIG
The Biophysical Agents Special Interest Group (BPA SIG) is free to members of the Academy and provides a forum where individuals interested in electrotherapy and other biophysical agents as part of the management of patient/client medical conditions. Members who have joined a SIG receive publications and information about programming, practice, education, and legislative matters specific to the SIG. Only members of the Academy can join a SIG.
We actively are working on updating the Educational Guidelines from 2007. The updated guidelines will reflect updates in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, the newest version of The Normative Model of Physical Therapist Professional Education and the most recent evidence supporting the use of biophysical agents . The current guidelines can be found via the link below.
Emerging Technologies: Dry Needling
In January of 2012 the APTA Department of Practice and APTA State Government Affairs published a document regarding the use of Dry Needling (a.k.a. trigger point dry needling or intramuscular manual therapy) by physical therapists. The document provides background information for state chapters, regulatory entities, and providers who are dealing with this issue.