Doctors of chiropractic medicine receive five years of focused academic training, one of which is spent performing a supervised internship. This is after four years of undergraduate study, usually in a similar health-related field. Chiropractic education is comparable in total hours to the education medical doctors receive. Some key differences are a much more intense focus on orthopedics, neurology, rehab, and anatomy.
Testing: Chiropractors in Pennsylvania must pass four tests that make up the National Board Exam. These tests are taken over a three-year period. Pennsylvania also has a state law exam, which doctors of chiropractic must pass. To obtain a license to practice, two references must be provided.
History: Formal chiropractic care has existed since 1895. Millions of people of all ages have been helped through mechanical and health crises with this natural, gentle, effective care. Through a long and sometimes turbulent history, chiropractic has come to be accepted by the medical community, academics, government agencies, and insurance companies.
Research: Research in orthopedics, neurology, engineering, and anatomy supports the logic of chiropractic principles. This gentle form of care has been proven repeatedly in clinical studies to be safe and effective. In fact, chiropractic is the preferred therapy for most instances of low back pain. Furthermore, substantial evidence for the relevance of chiropractic care for numerous other conditions exists.
Medical Referrals: : Chiropractors often work together with medical physicians to maximize multiple forms of therapy for their patients. We have developed excellent relationships with physicians in our area of Pennsylvania and receive referrals from various doctors on a regular basis. When collaborating with medical doctors, we remain in close contact, providing updates on patient care and the status of their condition. The harmonious relationship between medical doctors and chiropractic physicians means you receive the most effective care for your needs.