A Doctor of Chiropractic
Chiropractors are first-contact physicians who possess the diagnostic skills to differentiate health conditions that are amenable to their management from those conditions that require referral or co-management. Chiropractors provide conservative management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and related functional clinical conditions including, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain and headaches.
Chiropractors are expert providers of spinal and other therapeutic manipulation/adjustments. They also utilize a variety of manual, mechanical and electrical therapeutic modalities. Chiropractors also provide patient evaluation and instructions regarding disease prevention and health promotion through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle modification among others.
Educational requirements to be a Doctor of Chiropractic?
Have you ever wondered just how well educated your Chiropractor is? The facts may surprise you! Today's chiropractic physicians attend a four-year undergraduate program majoring in either Anatomy & Physiology, Biology or Chemistry. Then they transfer into a graduate school of Chiropractic to obtain five more years of graduate level education and must complete an internship within a Chiropractic facility before obtaining their Doctoral degree.
Once the degree requirements have been satisfactorily met, the Doctor must then pass rigorous National and State written and practical exams before he or she can practice the healing art science of Chiropractic. Only Chiropractic concerns itself with the interrelationship of structure and body functions, and only Chiropractic effectively utilizes natural, drugless methods of treatment, primarily spinal adjustments. Doctors of Chiropractic readily acknowledge that the early, formative years of Chiropractic education, like those of medicine, left much to be desired. But this is true of every science and every profession.