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What is the main focus of chiropractors?

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Chiropractors’ expertise is doing adjustments, recommending exercises, and giving lifestyle advice. They focus on musculoskeletal problems, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractors can’t prescribe medicine or do surgery.

Chiropractors emphasize spinal alignment for good health. So they often do spinal adjustments. DOs and chiropractors share similar moves. One example is high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) -- a thrusting motion to the spine to aid movement.

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic Association: “What Is a DO?” “Fast Facts About Osteopathic Medical Education.”

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: “What Is Osteopathic Medicine?”

Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center: “Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Normal Structure & Function of the Musculoskeletal System.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chiropractic, Spinal Manipulation, and Osteopathic Manipulation.”

American Chiropractic Association: “Education Requirements,” “Chiropractic Qualifications.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Osteopathic Manipulation for Back and Pelvic Pain.”

Health Affairs: "Doctor Of Osteopathic Medicine: A Growing Share Of The Physician Workforce."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic Association: “What Is a DO?” “Fast Facts About Osteopathic Medical Education.”

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: “What Is Osteopathic Medicine?”

Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center: “Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Normal Structure & Function of the Musculoskeletal System.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chiropractic, Spinal Manipulation, and Osteopathic Manipulation.”

American Chiropractic Association: “Education Requirements,” “Chiropractic Qualifications.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Osteopathic Manipulation for Back and Pelvic Pain.”

Health Affairs: "Doctor Of Osteopathic Medicine: A Growing Share Of The Physician Workforce."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 11, 2019

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