Chiropractic medicine focuses on the relationship between the body's main structures – the skeleton, the muscles and the nerves – and the patient's health. Chiropractors believe that health can be improved and preserved by making adjustments to these structures, particularly to the spinal column. They do not prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures, although they do refer patients for these services if they are medically indicated.
Most patients seek chiropractic care for back pain, neck pain and joint problems. However, many patients choose a chiropractor as their primary care doctor, because they prefer treatment plans that do not rely on medication or surgery.
Because of the emphasis on holistic health care, chiropractic is associated with the field of complementary and alternative medicine.
Learn more about the admission criteria for most chiropractic programs.
View the full list of 15 accredited U.S. chiropractic schools.
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