There are many myths about chiropractors. Some people believe that chiropractors are not real doctors, while others think that it is impossible to become a chiropractor without attending medical school. The truth is somewhere in the middle. In this article, we will dispel these myths (on either side of the spectrum). Chiropractors are by and large seasoned professionals that provide highly specialized services for treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Do chiropractic treatments work?

There is a lot of scientific evidence to support the efficacy of chiropractic treatments. Studies have shown that chiropractic care can be effective in treating conditions such as back pain, headaches, and neck pain. Chiropractic care is also often used to treat whiplash and other injuries sustained in car accidents.

There are actually quite a lot of injuries and issues suitable for chiropractic treatment, including (but not limited to): 

  • Arthritis
  • Knee/Shoulder Pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica 

What is the scope of practice for chiropractors?

As shown above, this question might better be rephrased as “what isn’t the scope of practice for chiropractors?” While the breadth of practice for chiropractors is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, there are quite a lot of injuries and ailments that fall underneath this umbrella. What it doesn’t include is invasive surgeries or the prescription of drugs after surgery.

In other words, chiropractors cannot prescribe medication or perform surgery.

That being acknowledged, chiropractors can provide other treatments such as spinal manipulation, massage, and rehabilitation exercises. Many patients find these alternatives far more appealing than the invasive approaches to treatment they may be presented with elsewhere.

What certifications are chiropractors required to have?

Chiropractors must have a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from an accredited chiropractic college. In addition, they must pass a state-administered National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam and obtain a license from the state in which they practice. While they aren’t technically medical doctors, they are bonafide professionals in a field that requires an incredible amount of schooling, certifications, and experience before being allowed to practice.

Are chiropractors legitimate?

Yes, chiropractors are legitimate health care providers. In fact, the job title of “chiropractor” is one of the largest primary health care professions in the United States. Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states and can be found working in hospitals, clinics, and private practices.

If you have any questions about chiropractic care or if you would like to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor, please contact Active Health and Wellness Center today at 574-259-9355! We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you find the best possible treatment for your needs. Thank you for reading!