What is the difference between a Chiropractor and a Osteopathic Doctor?

A chiropractor provides therapy by manipulating body structures to improve joint, muscle and nerve function. They attend a chiropractic school for their education and training, where they also study radiology and radiography, which qualifies them to take and diagnose from x-rays.

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) in the USA is a medical physician equivalent to a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) whereas a chiropractor has not gone through four years of medical school. A non-physician osteopath (different from a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and trained outside of the USA) in every other country is a separate profession from medicine or chiropractic.