Monday, August 20, 2012

Texas Chiropractors Back Off From Calling Themselves “Chiropractic Neurologists”

Texas Medical Association’s ongoing patient safety efforts paid off. The Texas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) voted against adopting rules to recognize a specialty it called "chiropractic neurology" after hearing opposition from organized medicine and legislators last week.

TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD, had warned the board that its proposal could deceive and harm patients.

“Neurologists practice in one of the most complex and highly specialized areas of medicine — to allow chiropractors to use that designation would confer upon them a title that is obtained only after medical school, years of residency training, and obtaining board certification,” he wrote in a formal letter to Yvette Yarbrough, executive director of the board. “Could an acupuncturist treating headaches become an acupuncture neurologist, an attorney specializing in brain injury litigation become an attorney neurologist, or a nutritionist who professes to assist in mental acuity become a nutritionist neurologist? “

TMA is very concerned that not only will patients be deceived and misled, but also many could suffer injury and harm, for example by delayed diagnosis. A patient suffering headaches, syncope, or seizures could have a serious neurological disease, but that patient could easily find himself or herself in a ‘chiropractic neurologist’s’ office. The patient could easily be deceived into believing that this chiropractor would diagnose or treat his or her medical condition, including a brain tumor, aneurism, or stroke. This proposed rule is not in harmony with the Texas Chiropractic Act, the Healing Art Identification Act, or the Health Professions Council Statute.”

In addition, Reps. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton), and Sens. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), and Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) wrote letters asking TBCE to withdraw inappropriate scope-expansion rules and obtain proper stakeholder input when proposing rules in the future.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Way to go, TMA!!! As one who holds a chiropractic degree, I firmly believe that anyone who ventures outside the boundaries and scope of the profession is a disgrace to those who know and trust the simplicity of chiropractic. The etymology of chiropractic is simple and it means only practiced/done by hand. Why do all of these gadgetpractors and M.D. wannabees have to murk the waters? I believe it is because they have desire to receive medical status and a lack of skill and talent to do what chiropractors are to do...and that is to simply move the bone. Kudos to you on this victory. Without organizations such as yourselves to monitor regulatory boards, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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