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Some Facts About Chiropractic

By Debra Rodzinak

With around 10,000 students studying to become chiropractors in the United States, over 2,500 Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are entering the workforce yearly.  There are some interesting facts involving the chiropractic profession.

Key Facts

  • DCs are required to pass four national board exams before being certified to practice in the United States
  • Currently, there are approximately 77,000 DCs in the U.S. and another 3,000 in managerial roles
  • Over 27 million patients are treated yearly by DCs
  • DCs spend an estimated 4,200 hours in the classroom, laboratory, and internship roles, which is equal to a medical doctor’s hours
  • DCs are recognized by most states and federal programs as physician-level providers

Clinical Effectiveness

  • Chiropractic was found to be more effective in treating back pain over prescriptions, massage, yoga, Pilates, and over-the-counter drugs
  • DCs are rated higher than physical therapists, surgeons, primary care doctors, and others in treating lower back pain
  • The National Football League uses DCs on all of their teams to treat injuries to the neck, back, hamstrings, and quadriceps
  • With a skyrocketing number of patients becoming addicted to pain relievers, DCs are providing an essential path to wellness without drugs or surgery
  • DCs use a whole person, patient-centered approach to care through close interaction and increased communication, which results in an overall higher patient satisfaction rate over medical doctors
  • Workers who have suffered injuries are less likely to undergo surgery if visiting a DC first
  • The cost of seeing a DC is 20 percent less than a medical doctor
  • Chiropractic is safer than other back pain treatments such as surgery, pain medication, and steroids
  • The effects of spinal manipulation are better than other types of intervention for improving mobility and decreasing pain
  • The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommended chiropractic for patients who do not show improvement on their own

With thousands of people flocking to chiropractic clinics daily to relieve pain and stiffness in their back and joints, it makes sense to come by The Joint Chiropractic to find relief.  With more than 360 convenient locations around the country, finding a spot near you is easy.

With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, the knowledgeable doctors at The Joint help patients find relief for pain and stiffness in their back and joints.  Come by The Joint today and begin your path to wellness by creating a plan of treatment with our expert chiropractic team.


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