Education & Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care
Receiving chiropractic care has become extremely common nowadays. If you haven’t seen a chiropractor yourself, you probably know someone who has. However, the practice goes back all the way to 1895 when Daniel David Palmer first proposed it.
Whether you’re thinking about pursuing a career as a chiropractor or you’re simply curious about what kinds of requirements your doctor has to meet before they can work on you, the following article should prove helpful.
What It Takes to Become a Chiropractor
Currently, there are somewhere around 80,000 Doctors of Chiropractic working in the United States. Roughly 3,000 of them are in academic and management positions.
In order to receive their doctorate and work as a chiropractor, they must:
- Attend 1 of the 18 nationally accredited schools offering a chiropractic doctoral graduate program, which requires 4,200 hours spent in the classroom, lab, and clinical internships
- Pass four national board exams
- Earn their state license
In most states, chiropractors are classified as physician-level providers. Their essential services are offered in federal healthy delivery systems, which includes those administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense, Medicaid, Federal Workers’ Compensation, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and all state workers’ compensation programs.
How Many People See Chiropractors?
That alone should be enough to tell you that lots of people use chiropractors on a regular basis. Almost 2,500 students will graduate from chiropractic programs every year just to keep up with demand.
The actual number is closer to 27 million people (adults and children) receive treatment from chiropractors every year. Many of them will seek help because of sports-related injuries, which explains why all 32 NFL teams utilize chiropractors.
The Benefits of Receiving Chiropractic Care
Can millions of people be wrong?
Perhaps, but the benefits of chiropractic care are backed by scientific studies.
For example, it’s outperformed other popular types of treatment for back pain, including:
- Deep-tissue massage
- Over-the-counter medication therapies
- Prescription medication
Chiropractors also hold the distinction of being the highest-rated health care practitioners by those seeking help for lower back pain. They beat out:
- Physical therapists (PTs)
- Primary care physicians/MDs (e.g., internal or family medicine)
- Specialist physicians/MDs (e.g., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, etc.)
Again, it’s not hard to see why these professionals receive such high praise.
Another study discovered that when injured workers with similar injuries first went to see a chiropractor, they were 28 times less likely to go on to need spinal surgery.
Hopefully, the above has answered many of your questions about chiropractic care. As you can see, it takes a lot of work to become a chiropractor, but patients definitely benefit from their high level of expertise.
If you want to heal your body’s pain at the source and learn more about chiropractic, call Spring Chiropractic today at (904) 276-5525 to set up a consultation or contact us with any questions you may have.