What are the responsibilities of chiropractors?
Chiropractors treat conditions, primarily of the musculoskeletal condition through spinal manipulation and (in most states) adjunctive procedures including physical rehabilitation, nutrition, electric muscle stimulation, triggerpoint therapy, and more. The key is that chiropractors treat patient conditions without drugs or surgery. It is the first role of the chiropractor to rule out or refer out any conditions that need medical attention or that are contraindicated in chiropractic care. A chiropractic physician must decide if treatment is both safe and necessary. You do not need a referral to see a chiropractor in most states. Next a chiropractor is responsible for evaluating and treating a variety of conditions, primarily musculoskeletal. This is accomplished, for the most part, through chiropractic adjustment, exercise rehabilitation and nutritional recommendations.
Jennie Yates, Chiropractor
CoreHealth of Clearwater LLC
Interesting question... Chiropractors can work pretty much anywhere. They may have a home office, they may make house calls, they may have a completely separate office. Sometimes chiropractors will work with other health professionals. This is of course a personal choice as chiropractors have a different philosophy on how the body works from what mainstream medicine believes to be true. To answer your question chiropractors can practice almost anywhere depending on some residential zoning restrictions.
Chiropractors must follow the scope of practice that each state board sets for them. Some states allow for a variety of treatment methods and other states are much stricter. The primary method of treatment that chiropractors use is spinal manipulation, which is often referred to as an adjustment. In addition to that, many chiropractors use nutritional supplements and soft tissue work to facilitate their holistic style of healing. A wide variety of modalities including but…
Chiropractors are not treated with the same level respect as doctors because, unlike doctors, chiropractors do not have medical degrees, and their practices are based on tradition, and not empirical medicine. Essentially, they are not respected like other doctors because they are not actually doctors.
I don't know if you can answer a question that asks the collective intelligence of an entire profession. Some chiropractors are idiots, and they need to have their licenses taken away. However, I know many chiropractors who are pretty much geniuses, and have a lot to teach others. Most of the chiropractors I know are probably smarter than the average person in the community.
Currently, in the united states, the answer is no. Some states do allow chiropractors to prescribe over the counter medication, but no state allows chiropractors to prescribe legend drugs. New Mexico is one state that has attempted to allow limited prescriptive authority to chiropractors, and may in the future allow such prescriptive authority.
Chiropractors adjust the joints of the spine and extremities (except in a couple of states they only work on the spine). Some Chiropractors are concerned with restoring alignment of the spine and other joints while other Chiropractors restore proper motion to joint segments. All of this is meant to allow the body to function better, including relieving pain.
Why don't osteopaths DO and chiropractors DC have the same initials since their jobs are exactly the same?
Chiropractic was traditionally divided into two groups, "straight" chiropractors and "mixers". This divide is no longer prevalent as the vast majority of chiropractors today would fit into the "mixers" category. The "straight" philosophy, taught to early generations of chiropractors, rejects the scientific method and relies on vitalistic principles to support its theories. "Mixers" attempt to combine science (research) with traditional values (holistic care). The vast majority of chiropractors today engage in critical thinking and evidence-based…
The short answer is "because most medical doctors regard chiropractors as quacks" (or, at best, as practitioners of a technique that's unlikely to be particularly useful in a hospital setting ... and if it is needed, then it can be done just as well by DOs instead, who actually are medical doctors).