What Does DC Mean?
As you may well know, a chiropractor is in fact a real doctor!
The letters DC literally stand for Doctor of Chiropractic.
In fact, many patients feel that the chiropractor is one of the best doctors due to a few simple facts:
- We take the time to truly get to know the patient.
- We pride ourselves in getting to the underlying problem, rather than just covering up symptoms.
- We have a high value on patient education and love to teach our practice members.
The word doctor actually comes from the Latin word docere, which means to teach!
Chiropractors have to be great teachers! The public is counting on us to be able to properly explain what it is that we are doing, along with how it can help your spine and nerve system THRIVE!
A Chiropractor’s Training
A Doctor of chiropractic has had extensive training in the classroom — equal to that of our medical fellows.
The curriculum of a chiropractic college very closely matches that of a medical school:
Not only is the structure of the program similar, but the hours spent in the classroom are very much the same also:
A chiropractor will also get extensive hands-on practical training to ensure that the he or she is well-qualified to deliver precise and gentle adjustments to a spine of any age!
We are not required to have extensive residency programs for obvious reasons: what we do is much safer and much less risky!
Medical students require this prolonged practical experience because when you are doing surgery or prescribing strong medications, any errors can result in death!
The Doctor of Chiropractic is by definition a primary care physician, as we are commonly the first portal of entry for many patients dealing with ailments involving the spine or nerves.
Many studies have been conducted in the past to track healthcare spending and expenses, depending on which practitioner patients elected to receive care from.
Not surprisingly, the chiropractic profession saved patients and the economy significant amounts of pain…physically and financially!
You might find it interesting to know that a good chiropractor has built a great team of medical professionals, surgeons, physical therapists, dentists, and psychologists that he or she can call on when certain cases warrant care from that specialty.
We are proud to be able to work alongside our medical colleagues and are not hesitant to utilize their expertise IF it means better results for YOU, the patient!
The agreed upon order of events for healing is always to begin with the most natural and least invasive protocols first, then move to more intense solutions if no progress is being made.
When it comes to many non-emergent health concerns, it is wise to first consult with a chiropractor, and then seek more invasive alternatives if and only if it is truly necessary!