A chiropractor is a health care professional who use hands-on spinal manipulation, called an 'adjustment' to treat spinal issues or symptoms such as sciatica, headaches, back pains, scoliosis, lower back pain, pregnancy pain, herniated disks, neck pain and whiplash, as well as a number of other conditions.
Chiropractors complete over 4,000 hours of classroom time (equivalent to a typical MD education). This usually includes four years of pre-medical college education, followed by another 4 years of doctorate study. This includes internships working with active doctors providing hands on, live clinical experience. Chiropractors are typically licensed to diagnose conditions, create and deliver treatment plans, refer to other physicians and take or order X-Rays. Many chiropractors are extremely proficient at improving performance of athletes and working with patients on nutrition and vitamins.
Chiropractic is recognized around the world as an effective way to treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Chiropractic treatment differs from other health care professionals, in that it often resolves conditions related to the musculoskeletal system without treating those specific conditions. An example of this is a headache that is caused by issues or stress in the neck. Chiropractic is a drug free method of addressing the cause of the pain or dysfunction.
Chiropractors have low malpractice insurance rates due to low incidence of serious complications to chiropractic care. The most common side effect is temporary soreness or discomfort.
Most insurances cover chiropractic care. While not all plans have the same coverage, almost all of the major carriers cover chiropractic. Examples of insurance companies that cover chiropractic include: Medicare, Medicaid, Kaiser, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and the Veterans Administration.
Modern Chiropractic is scientifically proven effective in hundreds of studies including: