Texas Orders Chiropractors to Stop
Practicing Outside Their Legal Scope

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

During the past few years, the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners has disciplined more than a dozen chiropractors for advertising or practicing outside the proper scope of chiropractic, which it defines, in part, this way:

§ 75.17. SCOPE OF PRACTICE.

(a) Aspects of Practice.

(1) A person practices chiropractic if they: (A) use objective or subjective means to analyze, examine, or evaluate the biomechanical condition of the spine and musculoskeletal system of the human body; or (B) perform nonsurgical, nonincisive procedures, including adjustment and manipulation, to improve the subluxation complex or the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.

(2) The practice of chiropractic does not include: (A) incisive or surgical procedures; (B) the prescription of controlled substances, dangerous drugs, or any other drug that requires a prescription; or (C) the use of x-ray therapy or therapy that exposes the body to radioactive materials.

All of the cases were settled with an agreed final order.

This article was posted on December 25, 2015.

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