HOUSE BILL 2501





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House March 11, 2002

  Yeas 92   Nays 4




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 6, 2002

  Yeas 27   Nays 19



I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2501  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk






President of the Senate




Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.               




Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                          HOUSE BILL 2501



                     AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By Representatives Campbell, Cody, Ruderman, Linville, Armstrong, Conway, Darneille, Bush, Kirby, Miloscia, Simpson, Dunn and Casada


Read first time 01/18/2002.  Referred to Committee on Health Care.

Modifying provisions concerning chiropractics. 

    AN ACT Relating to chiropractic care; and amending RCW 18.25.005 and 18.25.006.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 18.25.005 and 1994 sp.s. c 9 s 102 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) Chiropractic is the practice of health care that deals with the diagnosis or analysis and care or treatment of the vertebral subluxation complex and its effects, articular dysfunction, and musculoskeletal disorders, all for the restoration and maintenance of health and recognizing the recuperative powers of the body.

    (2) Chiropractic treatment or care includes the use of procedures involving spinal adjustments, and extremity manipulation ((insofar as any such procedure is complementary or preparatory to a chiropractic spinal adjustment)).  Chiropractic treatment also includes the use of heat, cold, water, exercise, massage, trigger point therapy, dietary advice and recommendation of nutritional supplementation ((except for medicines of herbal, animal, or botanical origin)), the normal regimen and rehabilitation of the patient, first aid, and counseling on hygiene, sanitation, and preventive measures.  Chiropractic care also includes such physiological therapeutic procedures as traction and light, but does not include procedures involving the application of sound, diathermy, or electricity.

    (3) As part of a chiropractic differential diagnosis, a chiropractor shall perform a physical examination, which may include diagnostic x-rays, to determine the appropriateness of chiropractic care or the need for referral to other health care providers.  The chiropractic quality assurance commission shall provide by rule for the type and use of diagnostic and analytical devices and procedures consistent with this chapter.

    (4) Chiropractic care shall not include the prescription or dispensing of any medicine or drug, the practice of obstetrics or surgery, the use of x-rays or any other form of radiation for therapeutic purposes, colonic irrigation, or any form of venipuncture.

    (5) Nothing in this chapter prohibits or restricts any other practitioner of a "health profession" defined in RCW 18.120.020(4) from performing any functions or procedures the practitioner is licensed or permitted to perform, and the term "chiropractic" as defined in this chapter shall not prohibit a practitioner licensed under chapter 18.71 RCW from performing medical procedures, except such procedures shall not include the adjustment by hand of any articulation of the spine.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 18.25.006 and 1994 sp.s. c 9 s 103 are each amended to read as follows:

    Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter.

    (1) "Department" means the department of health.

    (2) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department of health or the secretary's designee.

    (3) "Chiropractor" means an individual licensed under this chapter.

    (4) "Commission" means the Washington state chiropractic quality assurance commission.

    (5) "Vertebral subluxation complex" means a functional defect or alteration of the biomechanical and physiological dynamics in a joint that may cause neuronal disturbances, with or without displacement detectable by x-ray.  The effects of the vertebral subluxation complex may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:  Fixation, hypomobility, hypermobility, periarticular muscle spasm, edema, or inflammation.

    (6) "Articular dysfunction" means an alteration of the biomechanical and physiological dynamics of a joint of the axial or appendicular skeleton.

    (7) "Musculoskeletal disorders" means abnormalities of the muscles, bones, and connective tissue.

    (8) "Chiropractic differential diagnosis" means a diagnosis to determine the existence of a vertebral subluxation complex, articular dysfunction, or musculoskeletal disorder, and the appropriateness of chiropractic care or the need for referral to other health care providers.

    (9) "Chiropractic adjustment" means chiropractic care of a vertebral subluxation complex, articular dysfunction, or musculoskeletal disorder.  Such care includes manual or mechanical adjustment of any vertebral articulation and contiguous articulations beyond the normal passive physiological range of motion.

    (10) "Extremity manipulation" means a corrective thrust or maneuver applied to a joint of the appendicular skeleton.  ((The use of extremity manipulation shall be complementary and preparatory to a chiropractic spinal adjustment to support correction of a vertebral subluxation complex and is considered a part of a spinal adjustment and shall not be billed separately from or in addition to a spinal adjustment.))


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