Council Mission and Objections


It is the mission of the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics to preserve, promote and protect the practice of chiropractic orthopedics for its members and for the benefit of the patients.


The objectives of the Council on Chiropractic Orthopedics are to:

  • Provide leadership for the practice of chiropractic orthopedics;
  • Promote postdoctoral study criteria of or for chiropractic orthopedics emphasizing neuromusculoskeletal disorders;
  • Disseminate educational material to its members;
  • Encourage improved interprofessional and intraprofessional relations;
  • Share knowledge with all doctors of chiropractic for the benefit of the public and the profession;
  • Promote the practice of chiropractic orthopedics through public relations programs in cooperation with the public relations department of the ACA;
  • Promote and encourage research in the field of chiropractic orthopedics in cooperation with the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.


General Guidelines - Generally, a CCO Member or candidate has the obligation to:

  • Section A Compliance with Laws, Policies, and Rules Relating to the Profession
  • Section B Professional Practice Obligations
  • Section C Requirements Related to Research and Professional Activities
  • Section D Conflict of Interest and Appearance of Impropriety Requirements
  • Section E Compensation and Referral Disclosure Requirements
  • Section F Confidentiality Requirements
  • Section G Misconduct Prohibitions

Definition of Chiropractic Orthopedics

"Chiropractic Orthopedics is defined as that branch of chiropractic medicine that includes the continued acquisition of knowledge relative to both normal functions and diseases of the human body as they relate to the bones, joints, capsules, discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, their complete neurological components, referred organ systems and contiguous tissues; AND the development and perfection of skills relative to health maintenance when such exists and when not, the investigation, historical review, physical detection, correlative diagnosis development and complete management of any disorder within the bounds defined herein; AND the delivery of the combined knowledge and skill on a primary basis to patients who both need and desire this service to the eventual outcome of remission, whenever resolution is not readily achievable."