- A chiropractor is not a ‘real’ doctor.
A chiropractor is a licensed health care provider with a Doctorate of Chiropractic Care Degree. While it is extremely well known of the fierce competitive nature of a medical student, and the rigorous schooling they go through, it is not as commonly known that the students in a Chriopractic school go through virtually an identical program. In fact, chiropractors log more classroom hours, must complete a residency, and must pass four sets of national board exams as well as their own state board exam before being allowed to practice.
In actuality, the real difference between a chiropractor and a medical doctor is not in their education, but in their beliefs and preferred method of treating a patient. A chiropractor will provide you with a physical solution to allow the body to heal naturally through a series of bone adjustments while a medical doctor is generally quick to use medicine or drugs to correct the problem.
- Medical doctors and chiropractors don’t like each other.
There was in fact a period of time where the medical field seemed to conspire to destroy the entire chiropractic profession, referring to chiropractors as ‘rabid dogs’ and caring about nothing but taking a patients money. A lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court in Illinois in the 80’s found that the American Medical Association was guilty and ordered to pay restitution to the chiropractic profession.
In the 30 years since the opinion of Chiropractors by the medical doctors has changed. They have learned and now understand what a chiropractor is capable of. Hospitals across the country have chiropractors on their staff and vice versa. They now work together to provide superior treatment to all of their patients.
- You’ll be going to the chiropractor forever
Going to the chiropractor is not like going to the dentist. You don’t need to go every six months. As a patient you should do your part to maintain the health of your spine and back. Doing so can keep you healthy for a very long time. Many people do like to visit their chiropractor every few months just for an adjustment, but it is not a requirement. However, if you have a serious condition, you should be aware that multiple visits may be necessary as well as follow ups to ensure the proper health of your spinal column.