In nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate programs, which include a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and internship. The education is on par with allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools. Doctors of Chiropractic are required to pass a series of four national board exams to be licensed. They are designated as physician level providers in the vast majority of states and federal Medicare program.
It is the fastest growing and second largest primary health care profession. Approximately 95,000 Doctors of Chiropractic are in active practice worldwide. More than 10,000 students are enrolled in 18 nationally accredited, chiropractic doctoral graduate education programs across the United States.
Over one million adjustments are preformed every single day. Records from insurance and court cases have constantly shown that chiropractic is the safest portal of entry to healthcare available to the public today. No healthcare procedure is 100% safe but chiropractic has a stellar record of safety and effectiveness.
In the context for low back pain treatments, chiropractic rates above physical therapist (PT’s), specialist physician (surgeons), and primary care physicians. Chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including over the counter and prescription medication, massage, yoga, and pilates.
With prescription drug abuse now classified as an epidemic and the number of spinal surgeries soaring 500% in the last decade, chiropractic offers a safe and effective alternative.