June 2001
Vol 2, No 1

Understanding and Interpreting Spinal Injuries in Compliance with the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Fifth Edition, 2001

The 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 our opinions.

The 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 of us.

Harold G. McCoy, DC, DACS, DABFE


As the famous philosopher and NY Yankee great, Yogi Berra once said,
"When you come to the fork in the road . . . take it."

Our 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?

Dr. 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 .

This 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.

Now enjoy Dr. Coleman.

Harold G. McCoy DC, DACS, DABFE

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