Chiropractors are health care professionals who diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, including nerves, bones (including the spine), muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Chiropractors have a doctorate degree and are accredited by the DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) upon passing a 3 part board exam. The amount of education is extensive. Both DC’s and MD’s are strong in basic sciences and clinical diagnostics, where one degree may have slightly more training than another in any specific area. Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal system instead of MDs, who focus on diseases or what we know as internal medicine.
While chiropractors do not prescribe medications, they may work collaboratively with medical doctors and other healthcare professionals as part of a patient’s healthcare team. In some cases, a patient may receive both chiropractic care and medical treatment, including prescription medications, to address their specific healthcare needs. However, the prescribing of medications is typically within the scope of practice of medical doctors and other healthcare providers with prescription privileges.