Chiropractic Care
Chiropractor

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Salary: $34,225 - $87,240
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Hourly: $45.14 - $17.31
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Outlook: 3 Stars
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Length of Training: 6-8 years
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A doctor of chiropractic care, called a chiropractor, may assess the patient by physical examination, as well as laboratory and diagnostic imaging to determine when and what chiropractic treatment is appropriate. Chiropractors do not prescribe medications. Their treatment often focuses on manual manipulation (adjustment) of joints to improve function or mobility as well as to reduce pain.

Areas of Specialization
A chiropractor may choose to work with specific age groups, such as children, the elderly, or specific areas of interest such as industry, sports injuries, orthopedics, neurology, nutrition, and diagnostic x-rays.


Work Environment

Approximately 70 percent of chiropractors work in private practice and generally establish their own hours and work habits. They may also work with other healthcare professionals in a group practice setting, in affiliation with a hospital or clinic, or in home healthcare. Possible work hazards include exposure to radiation if x-ray equipment is used improperly.