and Interpreting Spinal Injuries in Compliance with
the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment,
Fifth Edition, 2001
new AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment,
5th Edition may just be the most Chiropractic-friendly
document our profession has ever seen.
When preparing the following overview, I was amazed
at the simplicity, objectivity and fairness of the
(DRE) method of assigning spinal impairment ratings.
The impairment classifications apply to all professions.
Finally, our profession has a level playing field
when documenting our patient's injuries. We have
entered the world of reporting facts, not just giving
Association of Chiropractic Colleges Chiropractic
Paradigm has now been accepted by all Chiropractic
colleges, national and international organizations.
The ACC Position on Chiropractic states: "The practice
of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between
structure (primarily the spine) and function (as
coordinated by the nervous system) and how that
relationship affects the preservation and restoration
of health. "The ACC advocates a profession that
generates, develops, and utilizes the highest level
of evidence possible in the provision of effective,
prudent, and cost-conscious patient evaluation and
care." Please read the AMA Guides overview carefully.
The integration of the new guides and the ACC Position
on Chiropractic will have a profound impact on all
G. McCoy, DC, DACS, DABFE
the famous philosopher and NY Yankee great, Yogi Berra
"When you come to the fork in the road . . . take it."
profession is literally at a crossroads. Some will
choose the path of least resistance and abandon the
truths that glue the profession together. Others will
take up the great challenge given to us by those who
came before as they remember that some of their predecessors
went to jail before they compromised chiropractic
principles. Now the future of the profession is our
responsibility. Which fork are you taking?
Roger Coleman, a personal friend since college, has
also been in the trenches for the past 26 years fighting
the good fight for chiropractic patients. Roger has
a special way of shedding light on a very serious
problem. As you read on you will come to understand
why we remain steadfast in our message. Put on your
bulletproof vest, load your weapons with special bullets
of truth and prepare to get it on with the enemy in
the middle of Main Street at high noon .
is but one masterpiece of thirteen found in his book
"Coleman's Fables." The complete work is a must read
for every chiropractor on the front line.
enjoy Dr. Coleman.
G. McCoy DC, DACS, DABFE