Chiropractors care for patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, including nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustment and manipulation, as well as other clinical interventions, to manage patients' health problems, such as back and neck pain. Most chiropractors are self-employed and work in an individual or group practice. A small number teach, conduct research in chiropractic institutions, or work in hospitals and clinics.
Chiropractors are doctors who work with nerves, muscles, and skeletal system to reduce pain and improve function. Chiropractors diagnose a patient's problems, manipulate the spine and other parts of the body to align them correctly. Chiropractic settings may be right for you if you are in pain and want an alternative form of treatment. Most people will feel immediate relief after a chiropractic adjustment, while others may experience temporary mild pain after treatment.
If you're not sure if seeking chiropractic care is right for you, talk to your primary care provider about your symptoms and concerns. Chiropractors are independent health professionals who treat many conditions related to the spine, emphasizing the dependence of health on the proper functioning of the central nervous system. In an effort to document emerging standards of chiropractic care, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) recently surveyed a panel of leading chiropractors, who achieved 80% consensus on some statements about chiropractic manipulation. To be licensed as a chiropractor in New York, a person with a DC degree from an accredited chiropractic school must pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) four-part exam.