Education

The education received by chiropractors is extremely thorough and demanding. Aspiring doctors of chiropractic receive extensive teachings in the structure and functioning of the human body, the disease processes, and how health is achieved and maintained. There is an emphasis placed on the management of spinal disorders and their role in the overall health and wellness of the individual.

  • The Undergraduate Education

  • The Chiropractic Education

  • Licensure

  • Continuing Education

  • Postgraduate Studies

  • Subject Hours Comparison Between DC's and MD's



 

The Undergraduate Education

Similar to the requirements of medical schools, prior to entering chiropractic college students must first complete 2-4 years of premed undergraduate studies - depending on the chiropractic college and state one wishes to practice in. During this time there is an emphasis on basic sciences including organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics, biology, and psychology.

 

The Chiropractic Education

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate studies, those students who are accepted to a chiropractic college enter a 4-5 year academic program, which is similar in content to medical school. Course work includes an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, radiology, biomechanics, spinal adjustive techniques, including a variety of other health-related areas.

The primary focus of the chiropractic education is to teach the student how to recognize and effectively treat a wide variety of soft tissue disorders in order to reduce pain and discomfort, allow for effective and proper healing, restore normal body biomechanics and improve overall health. In order to treat such conditions, students are taught a number of different techniques and methods including chiropractic spinal adjustive techniques. Through chiropractic spinal adjustments, the students are taught how they can positively influence the body through the nervous system using specific spinal adjustive techniques. An emphasis is also placed on other aspects of health including diet, exercise, nutrition and wellness. Moreover, students receive thorough training aimed at identifying those conditions which are beyond the chiropractor's scope of practice and which require outside medical referral.

During the academic 4-5 year program, students must successfully complete a number of national board examinations which are required for licensure. In addition, students must spend several hundred hours of internship in which they treat patients suffering from true health ailments while under professional supervision. Some schools actually begin introducing and training students to the clinical setting in just their second year of studies. This ensures that the graduating doctors of chiropractic will have all the necessary education, skills and clinical experience to provide exceptionally safe and effective chiropractic health care. Many colleges have additionally employed externship programs in which student interns assist field doctors in their private practices prior to graduation.

Licensure

Upon graduation and the passing of all national board exams, students undergo state board examination for the state which they wish to practice in. If successful, the new doctor of chiropractic will receive his or her license for the practice of chiropractic in that state.

Continuing Education

Once licensed, most states require the doctor of chiropractic to attend annual seminars in order to maintain a high level of competency and keep technical skills sharp and as current as possible. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of the doctor's license.

Postgraduate Studies

Many doctors further their knowledge and skills by completing additional studies after graduation. These one to three year programs provide the information to place the doctors at the top of the health care field in specific areas. Some of the areas of study include orthopedics, neurology, radiology, sports, rehabilitation, nutrition, pediatrics and research.
 

Subject Hours Comparison Between DC's and MD's

You may be surprised to learn that chiropractic doctors receive more class and study time in many important subjects compared with their medical counterparts

Dr. Steve Alukonis graduated from Life Chiropractic College in 1981. He started his practice in Cocoa beach in 1981. He is a Board Certified Chiropractic Orthopedist and a Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedist.

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Conditions Treated

  • Common Musculoskeletal Conditions Treated

  • Common Injuries Treated

  • Non-Musculoskeletal Conditions Treated

 

Common musculoskeletal conditions treated:

  • low back pain and stiffness

  • neck and upper back pain and stiffness

  • mid back pain and stiffness

  • headaches and migraines

  • leg pain, weakness, numbness and tingling

  • arm pain, weakness, numbness and tingling

  • extremity joint pain and dysfunction

  • carpal tunnel syndrome

Common injuries treated:

  • automobile accident and whiplash injuries

  • on-the-job and lifting injuries

  • sports/athletic injuries

  • slip and fall injuries

  • chronic injuries

Non-musculoskeletal conditions which studies have shown benefit from chiropractic:

  • asthma

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  • dizziness and dysequilibrium

  • dysmenorrhea

  • infantile colic

  • low energy levels

  • otitis media (ear infection)

  • ulcers

Cold Laser Therapy 

Spinal Decompression

Auto Injury Care

Headaches

Low Back Pain

Mid Back Pain

Neck Pain

Sports Injury

Work Injury 

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