Chiropractor

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  • Chiropractors, also referred to as chiropractic doctors, believe that many health problems are linked directly to problems of the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems.
  • Chiropractors take a holistic approach when treating their patients. They use natural, drugless, non-surgical health care and rely on the body’s ability to heal itself.
  • By using manipulations concentrated on the spinal column and the vertebras, chiropractors try to alleviate any stresses that may be affecting the nervous system.
  • Chiropractors take the patient’s medical history; conduct physical, neurological and orthopedic examinations; and may order laboratory tests and x-rays.
  • Chiropractors work in private practice, hospitals, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), and chiropractic colleges.
  • Newly licensed chiropractors can set up a new practice, purchase an established one, or enter into partnership with an established practitioner.
  • They also may take a salaried position with an established chiropractor, a group practice, or a healthcare facility.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Employment outlook is expected to increase in the next ten years.
  • About half of chiropractors work in a solo practice.

 

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