Many people wonder how chiropractors can call themselves doctors when they are not M.D.s. Are chiropractors real doctors? This article will help answer your questions about what chiropractic is and if they are qualified to be called “real” doctors.
Although most people use the words “chiropractor”, “doctor”, and “real” interchangeably, there is actually a difference between what the words mean when they are combined together to describe chiropractors.
Chiropractic doctors or Chiropractic physicians, known as Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.), focus on using spinal manipulation and other alternative methods in order to diagnose, prevent, and treat health problems. They are the only licensed professionals who use the term “chiropractor” to describe themselves.
Medical doctors (M.D.s) are trained in general medicine and can perform surgeries, prescribe medications, and deliver babies, among other things. M.D.s are not trained in spinal manipulation, which is why M.D.s are not considered chiropractors. Most people use the term “chiropractor” to describe both professions, but they are not the same thing.
Some people refer to chiropractors as “back doctors”, which is another way of saying that chiropractors diagnose and treat back problems only, while medical doctors diagnose and treat a wide range of medical problems.
Chiropractic doctors, the only type of medical professionals who use the term “chiropractor”, complete 4 years of undergraduate education and four years at a chiropractic college where they study human biology and anatomy. After graduating, future chiropractors must pass national and state licensing exams.
M.D.s, on the other hand, complete 4 years of undergraduate education and then attend medical school for an additional four years. They also must pass national and state licensing exams to become a doctor.
So, while chiropractors are not M.D.s, they are real doctors because they have gone through the same training and have passed the same licensing exams as M.D.s. Chiropractors are qualified to be called “real” doctors because they have the same education and credentials as medical doctors.
So, are chiropractors real doctors? The answer is yes! They are qualified to be called “real” doctors because they have passed the same licensing exams as M.D.s, but are not M.D.s themselves because they have received specialized training in diagnosing and treating back problems only, while M.D.s receive general medical training that enables them to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions, despite being chiropractors who call themselves “real” doctors.
If you are still unsure about what chiropractors do or if they are real doctors, feel free to contact a chiropractor in your area for more information. Many chiropractors offer free consultations, so you can ask them any questions you have and find out for yourself if chiropractic is the right choice for you.
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