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What is the role of chiropractors?

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Chiropractors focus on how different bodily systems work with each other. They use their hands to diagnose and treat people, doing “adjustments” to correct alignment and restore health.

Chiropractic students get nearly 4 years of undergraduate college before attending a 4- to 5-year chiropractic college. Typically, they spend at least a year training with patients, but not in a residency program. After graduation, they must pass an exam to get a license to practice.

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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