Chiropractors, or doctors of chiropractic (DC), treat patients through manipulation of various joints of the body, particularly the spine which can ease irritation to spinal nerves. By re-establishing normal joint mobility, the doctor of chiropractic allows the body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably. The chiropractor typically conducts patient consults, case histories, physical exams (orthopedic, neurological), laboratory analyses, and X-ray examinations. In addition, he or she provides a chiropractic structural examination, with emphasis on the spine. To assist in patient treatment, chiropractors can use exercise, water, light, traction, ultrasound, electric, laser, ice, and heat therapy. They also counsel on wellness concepts such as nutrition, ergonomics, lifestyle changes, and stress management, but do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Chiropractors use natural, medicine-free, non-invasive health treatments, consulting with or referring to other health care providers when indicated.
Where to Get Education
Bachelor's degree, four years of residency, and completion of state exam