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THE FACTS: D.C. Compared to M.D.
What Kind Of Education Does Your Doctor Have?

This is an excellent question, with the answer being the most surprising to new Chiropractic patients. Below we have summarized the basic educational requirements.


YOU BE THE JUDGE

Who is better qualified to treat diagnose and treat your health concerns?

CHIROPRACTIC
Minimum Hours
in Class

520
420
271
300
114
370
320
217
65
65
225

2,887

1,598

X
X

X

4,485

Class
Description


Anatomy
Physiology
Pathology
Chemistry
Bacteriology
Diagnosis
Neurology
X-Ray
Psychiatry
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Orthopedics

TOTAL HOURS

"Specialty" Courses

Adjusting Techniques
Principles of Health
Pharmacology
General Surgery
Other

GRAND TOTAL CLASS HOURS

MEDICAL
Minimum Hours
in Class

508
326
335
325
130
374
112
148
144
198
156

2,756

1,492

X
X
X

4,248

The education a Chiropractor must go through is extensive. Your Chiropractors limited knowledge about pharmaceuticals and surgery is by choice.

Remember, a Chiropractors service is all natural and holistic! Therefore, these modalities do not belong into his/her realm of specialty practice.

However, be assured that Chiropractors do study and understand the various types of drugs, surgeries and their extensive number of side effects. This allows your Chiropractor to determine if a medication you are currently taking could be aggravating a current ailment or if an alternative to surgery exist. Modern medicine and surgery does have it's place - but be aware that it is often not meant to be a cure, but simply a relief from symptoms like pain.

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