Are Chiropractors “Real” Doctors?


Among all of the many myths about chiropractic, one of the of the most pervasive misconceptions is that a chiropractor is not a “real” doctor. Besides necessitating a definition for what a “real doctor” supposedly is, this myth lacks credence in other ways as well. Keep reading to learn the truth about doctors of chiropractic. Sure, they’re not the same as traditional medical doctors, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help you overcome your symptoms.

What is a doctor?

When someone says, “I’m going to see my doctor,” most of us assume that he or she means the primary care medical doctor in charge of his or her medical treatment, who might prescribe a medication to block acid production for a patient with acid reflux or suggest a dietary change for someone with high cholesterol. Although the most common reference to a doctor is to a medical doctor, this does not mean that these are the only types of doctors out there.

A doctor in chiropractic receives a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree upon completion of the necessary education and residency, and like medical doctors, are licensed to practice as health care providers across the United States and in places around the world. Many assume that the training itself is much different to become a chiropractor than it is to become a medical doctor, but while the modalities of treatment differ, the training is much the same, both including time spent in the classroom as well as time spent with actual patients.

What is required from students of chiropractic?

Students studying to become doctors of chiropractic must complete more hours of classroom instruction than their medical counterparts, complete a residency that is supervised by licensed doctors, complete four national board exams, and complete board exams within the state they want to practice in. Do chiropractors still seem like they’re not “real” doctors?

Is it true that medical doctors don’t like chiropractors?

Historically, medical doctors have not always been the biggest fans of chiropractic doctors, but since a 1987 lawsuit wherein the American Medical Association was found guilty of participating in a conspiracy “to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession,” professionals across medical practices have come to work together with chiropractic professionals in order to provide the most comprehensive care for their patients.

If you’ve let this misconception keep you away from your local chiropractic office, consider visiting Williams Chiropractic in Clemmons. Our chiropractor would love the opportunity to discuss your symptoms with you and determine the best plan of action for relieving your pain.

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