A chiropractic physician should be considered a primary care physician for the spine. Chiropractors are trained extensively on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with back pain, neck pain, headaches and a multitude of neuromusculoskeletal issues. Chiropractic physicians do not use medications or surgery for treatment. Treatment consists of natural, hands-on methods along with exercise and lifestyle modification. Typically most cases can be diagnosed through discussion of the problem and physical examination, but when necessary chiropractic physicians can utilize blood tests, MRI, CAT scans, X rays, and any other diagnostic tests when necessary. At Active Wellness we work in cooperation with medical physicians and other practitioners to provide high quality, well-rounded care to each patient.
What are the Educational Requirements to Become a Chiropractic Physician?For most students a Bachelor's degree is mandatory before applying to Chiropractic school. Undergraduate credits are focused in basic science and math. Chiropractic College is then up to four additional years of post-graduate, full-time, highly intensive schooling, including at least a yearlong internship, with a foundation in basic sciences, not unlike that of medical school. Before obtaining licensure there are several national board examinations and local state exams to pass.
Continuing education is coursework taken outside of the basic educational requirements. These may be courses in a specific technique or a series of clinical education courses. These require long weekend hours and some extra weekday hours. Some states require a minimum number of hours for a physician to maintain over a selected period of time. The physicians at Active Wellness spend countless hours every year not only to meet the requirements but to continually improve clinical practice and patient outcomes. The coursework that is selected blends the best in class from multiple disciplines of healthcare.