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Chiropractic Student

Impairment 106
AMA Guides; 6th Edition; An Introduction


  • Develop a level of understanding of the evaluation criteria as it relates to the AMA Guides 6th edition
  • Identify the international impairment rating certification available through the American Board of Forensic Professionals (ABFP)
  • Discuss the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its role in impairment evaluation
  • Explain the reasons for revision of prior approaches to impairment assessment
  • Describe how to determine diagnosis-based impairments, and make adjustments on the basis of the results of Functional History, Physical Examination, and Clinical Studies
  • Demonstrate the ability to score Functional Inventories (including the QuickDASH, Lower Limb Outcome Scale, and Pain Disability Questionnaire)
  • Explain why methods used in previous editions (such as spinal range of motion assessment and strength determination) are no longer determinates
  • Demonstrate the ability to rate most commonly rated disorders, including spinal pain, upper limb disorders (hand, wrist, elbow, shoulders and entrapments), lower limb disorders (foot / ankle, knee and foot), nervous system disorders, and pain
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities associated with this evolution in impairment assessment

Leanne Cupon, DC, DACRB and Warren Jahn, DC, DIANM (US)

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