Have you ever been to a doctor of chiropractic? It’s estimated about 40 percent of adults nationwide have visited one. If you haven’t, you likely have some questions. For many people who have never received chiropractic care, there is some confusion about what a doctor of chiropractic does, what their qualifications are, and how they can help improve quality of life for their patients. Here are three FAQs:
1. What are a doctor of chiropractic’s qualifications? Doctors of chiropractic receive a minimum of seven years of higher level education in the U.S. As part of their education, they’re required to spend at least 1,000 hours working with patients in a supervised clinical setting. After graduating, prospective DCs must also become licensed, which requires them to successfully complete all state, provincial and national board exams and maintain the necessary insurance.
2. What can a chiropractor treat? You’d be surprised. In addition to treating neck and back pain, doctors of chiropractic are called on to treat headaches, leg pain, nerve damage, joint pain and manage pediatric health. This is just a small sampling of what doctors of chiropractic can help with.
3. How much am I going to have to pay? In many cases, you don’t need a referral to see a doctor of chiropractic; you can just call and schedule an appointment. Chiropractic care is covered by most insurance plans, including worker’s compensation, so make a quick call to your insurance company to find out if it’s a covered benefit. In many cases, active-duty military and Veterans are also covered at on-base and VA medical facilities. If you’re concerned about cost, it’s easy to find out how much a visit will cost before you go.
Want to learn more? The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress is dedicated to raising public awareness of the many benefits associated with chiropractic care. Visit our website: http://www.f4cp.org/. You can also use our handy online tool to find a doctor of chiropractic near you.