The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) is at it again. The board has lost numerous court battles with physicians over its attempts to expand chiropractors' scope of practice by passing a rule. This time, TBCE proposed a new definition of biomechanics, one of the keys to that profession’s statutorily prescribed scope.
The new rule defines "biomechanics" to cover tendons, ligaments, and joint capsules as well as "the nervous system that allows a body or part of a body to move from one place or position to another or to maintain position."
TMA and the Texas Neurological Society (TNS) promptly fired off a letter complaining that the rule goes way beyond any medical or standard English definition of biomechanics.
"It is inappropriate for the TBCE to manufacture its own definition of biomechanics in such a way that it circumvents the statutory limitations placed on the scope of chiropractic," TMA President Michael Speer, MD, and TNS President Sara Austin, MD, wrote. "This proposed rule incorporates terms to ultimately encompass procedures and areas of practice that are prohibited by statute."
Action, Nov. 16, 2012