Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on generalhealth. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.Doctors of Chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determinate when chiropractic treatment isappropriate or when it is not appropriate.
Doctors of Chiropractic must complete four(4) to five(5) years at an accredited chiropractic college. Includes hours of classroom,laboratory and clinical experience. Those intending to become doctors of chiropractic must also pass the national board exam and all exams required by the state in which the individual wishes topractice. The individual must also meet all individual state licensing requirements in order to become a doctor of chiropractic.
An individual studying to become a doctor of chiropracticreceives an education in both the basic and clinical sciences and in related health subjects.
Children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically, active andexperience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports.
Most chiropractors work in a solo practice, although some are in grouppractice or work for other chiropractors. The chiropractic can teach, conduct research at chiropractic institutions, or work in hospitals and clinics.
Median annual earning of salariedchiropractors were $65,220 in 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $45,710 and $96,500 a year.
Salaried chiropractors typically receive health insurance and retirement benefits.