What does a Chiropractor do?
A chiropractor treats patients that suffer from neuromuscloskelital problems that involve the tendons, muscles, nerves, bones, and ligaments. For example, a patient may need spinal adjustments and manipulation or other manual techniques to help the patient with neck or back discomfort.
How to become a Chiropractor
In order to become a chiropractor one must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (D.C.) and must have a minimum of 90 semester hours of undergraduate education. The applicant should have courses in physics, biology, and chemistry. Most students obtain a bachelor's degree before entering the D.C. Program.
The classroom should provide studies in physiology, anatomy, and other similar work. The student must also gain experience in diagnosis, spinal assessment and adjustment techniques. Some options are available for a chiropractor to receive additional training in a specialized area, like pediatrics or orthopedics. Some students go on to earn a master's degree in a similar area like sports rehabilitation or nutrition.
It is also possible for one to obtain a duel-degree where a student can complete a master's degree in another area while obtaining their D.C.. All states require a license and passing the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners test.
Job Description of a Chiropractor
The chiropractor is responsible for giving their patient physical exams, looking at their medical history, and then analyzing the problem. They conduct testing and take X-rays evaluating a patient's posture, reflexes, and spine.
If necessary, the chiropractor gives adjustments by hand to the patients joints or spinal column. They may need to use cold or hot applications to problem areas. He or she may use ultrasound in the process of treatment or give rehabilitative exercise massage therapy.
A chiropractor also educates a patient on lifestyle and health issues, such as nutrition or exercise. He or she must diagnose and treat all neuromuscloskelital ailments that would involve the bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons of a patient.
Sometimes, a chiropractor must refer patients to other health care professionals. He or she should have skills in decision making and dexterity. They should be detail oriented and have empathy as well as, interpersonal skills.