I don’t know much about chiropractors. What do they do?
Doctors of Chiropractic are health care professionals who specialize in musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions and the impact they have on a person’s overall health. Emphasis is placed on alleviating pain in the back, neck, joints, and headaches—and correcting conditions that cause this pain.
What kind of training do chiropractors have?
The rigorous educational requirements for chiropractors are similar to the requirements for your family doctor.
Average Chiropractic or Medical Program Length:
- Doctor of Chiropractic (DC): 4 years
- Medical Doctor (MD): 4 years
Average Classroom and Clinical Study Hours
- Doctor of Chiropractic (DC): 4,820 hours
- Medical Doctor (MD): 4,670 hours
Typical Program Content
- Doctor of Chiropractic (DC): Years 1 and 2 are very similar to MD. Years 3 and 4, greater emphasis is placed on biomechanics, radiology, adjustments and natural medicine.
- Medical Doctor (MD): Years 1 and 2 are very similar to DC. Years 3 and 4, greater emphasis is placed on immunology, pharmacology, and surgery.
How are chiropractors licensed?
Like most other health care practitioners, chiropractors are licensed at the state level, by a state board of chiropractic examiners. Most states also require DCs to complete a number of hours of continuing education each year to maintain their licenses.
What are the advantages of chiropractic?
Chiropractic is non-invasive, unlike procedures such as surgery. Drugs, particularly addictive painkillers, aren’t part of the practice. Normally, the cost of treatment is far lower. And often, people who have run out of other medical options find chiropractic provides relief.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Every form of medical treatment has a certain level of risk. Chiropractic care is drug-free and noninvasive. Chiropractic does have an exceptional (and impressive) safety record. Maximum benefit with minimum risk.