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Chiropractic / Orthopedic Information.

A chiropractic orthopedist is a chiropractic physician who has completed post graduate training leading towards board certification as a chiropractic orthopedic specialist. Upon completion of the 3-4 year postgraduate program the board eligible chiropractic orthopedist must pass both written and clinical examinations demonstrating expertise consistent with an orthopedic specialist. The chiropractic orthopedist treats musculoskeletal injuries in a non-surgical manner and provides non-surgical treatment options such as manual medicine (manipulation & mobilization), connective tissue massage, electromodalities, and supervised exercise programs for the relief of joint, nerve and muscle pain in the axial (neck & back) and appendicular (arms & legs) skeleton. Referrals for medical or surgical procedures are made when indicated. Dr. Thomas offers a unique blend of education and caring which has provided relief to over a thousand patients suffering from motor vehicle collision injuries.

Chiropractic orthopedics shall be considered a branch of orthopedics, the purposes of which are: by non-surgical techniques, to prevent and correct deformities and to preserve and to improve the functions of bones, muscles, joints and their nerve supply, when such function are threatened or impaired by defects, lesions or disease  – American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists

 

Chiropractor Educational Requirements

Have you every wondered how much education a Chiropractic Physician has compared to a Medical Physician?  Look at these basic educational requirements for graduates of both Chiropractic colleges and Medical schools.  The hours of classroom instruction are about the same but the focus is clearly different.

Chiropractic Physicians must meet stringent educational requirements, including approximately six hundred hours of internship, which qualify them for licensure in all states. Chiropractic Physicians are also required to pass stringent national board examinations as a prerequisite for licensure.  Yearly mandatory continuing education is also required.

 

Basic Science Comparisons

 

CHIROPRACTIC HOURS*
(minimum)

SUBJECT

MEDICAL HOURS*
(minimum)

456

Anatomy/Embryology

215

243

Physiology

174

296

Pathology

507**

161

Chemistry

100

145

Microbiology

145

408

Diagnosis

113**

149

Neurology

171

271

X-Ray

13

56

Psychology and Psychiatry

323

66

Obstetrics and Gynecology

284

168

Orthopedics

2

2,419

TOTAL

2047

* The class hours for basic science comparisons were compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic colleges and 22 medical schools, based on the 1988-1989 Association of American Medical College Curriculum Directory (AAMC), Vickie Ahari, Editor, and the Chiropractic College Admissions and Curriculum Directory 1988-1989, K. Magarian and K. McNamee, editors.

** Pathology includes Geriatrics and Pediatrics

*** Includes EENT and Dermatology

 

 

 

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