Are Chiropractors Doctors?
Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic (DC). While chiropractors’ degrees aren’t the same as a medical doctor’s (MDs) degree, chiropractors go through extensive training in a doctorate program. They must then meet certain strict licensure requirements in order to begin chiropractic work.
Earning a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Chiropractic College
Both a doctor of Western medicine and a chiropractic doctor are required to have bachelor’s degrees in science. Then, they go through extensive medical training and chiropractic education. Chiropractors attend chiropractic college, which takes three to four years of school to complete. The training is rigorous. Like, MDs, chiropractors must attend classes and participate in clinical training.
They study things like:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Neurology and neuroanatomy
Chiropractic college isn’t just about teaching proper alignment. Chiropractic students spend hours learning how the body functions at even the smallest level. They learn how the body’s systems work together so that they can find the cause of problems – not just treat the symptoms.
Chiropractors take a natural approach to treatment, but they must understand Western medicine too. They learn how to properly interpret x-rays and read blood tests. This helps with diagnosis.
Chiropractic students also learn how to use their hands and fingers to examine the body. This is called palpitation. Once the skill is mastered, they learn adjusting techniques for adjusting the neck, back and cervical spine.
Like MDs, DCs must meet complex licensure requirements. Chiropractors must pass a strict national exam given by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. There are four parts to the exam. During it, chiropractors prove their knowledge of things like anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, chiropractic practice and other topics. Once chiropractors pass the national exam, they must also meet certain state requirements.
Our Own Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Alec Khlebopros
Our experienced chiropractor, Dr. Alec Khlebopros, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Elon University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City. He completed all licensure requirements specified by the North Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He’s been a licensed chiropractor in North Carolina since 2005.
Dr. Khlebopros uses the extensive knowledge gained in his doctorate program to help patients achieve optimum health through chiropractic care. He continued to develop his skills after his degree, as well. He completed post-graduate studies in cervicothoracic adjusting, thoracolumbar adjusting, gait mechanics, disc diagnosis and treatment, and other important topics. That way, he can better help his patients.