When something feels off, you go to a doctor.
But are chiropractors doctors?
If you have ever been in a car accident, felt a twinge of neck pain, or thrown your back out, you probably considered going to a chiropractor.
But you may also have spent a good deal of time wondering if that was the right decision. Will a chiropractor be able to help? Are chiropractors doctors? What can you expect from your visit?
At Oviedo Chiropractic, we understand why some of our patients are hesitant to seek out chiropractic care, but we also consider it our mission to reeducate them about how much chiropractors can benefit them.
Are Chiropractors Doctors?
While they don’t hold medical degrees, chiropractors are doctors.
After four years of undergraduate education, four years of a chiropractic graduate program, and certification by a state licensing board, chiropractors hold a doctorate of chiropractic degree and use the abbreviation D.C. after their name.
Over the course of these eight years, chiropractors study a number of different subjects, including:
- Clinical Orthopedics
- Imaging Interpretation (such as X-rays and MRIs)
Keep in mind that these courses are in addition to their study of chiropractic methods. By the time they are finished with their education, most chiropractors have received upwards of 4,000 hours of instruction in various chiropractic methods.
Unlike medical doctors, chiropractors can’t write prescriptions, but they can diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions.
In fact, chiropractors are often the best choice to treat these types of conditions, as they aim to treat the underlying cause of the discomfort rather than the symptoms. In addition to adjustments, many chiropractors rely on massage therapy, e-stim therapy, and flexion distraction therapy to treat their patients.
Don’t Doctors Hate Chiropractors?
Unfortunately, some doctors see chiropractors in a bad light…but not for the reason you may think.
The medical community as a whole doesn’t believe chiropractors will “take business away from them.” There will always be a need for medical doctors because there are some things—like viruses—that no decent chiropractor can claim to treat.
Instead, doctors may distrust chiropractors because the patients they see are the ones who didn’t benefit from their adjustments. For every patient who chiropractors couldn’t completely heal, there are dozens of patients who swear by chiropractic treatment.
Fortunately, however, the tide is beginning to turn.
At Oviedo Chiropractic, we have excellent relationships with local physicians and refer patients to each other. From our perspective, chiropractic care should work in conjunction with your existing healthcare, not in place of it.
Even those who may not be able to take certain medications or participate in certain treatments can benefit from chiropractic adjustments with no side effects.
Do Chiropractors Really Help?
Oviedo Chiropractic works with dozens of patients every day who can testify to the change they have experienced since beginning their journey with us.
And contrary to what you might have heard, chiropractic care involves a lot more than just “cracking your back.”
Chiropractic adjustments are designed to restore proper alignment, motion, and flexibility to all of the joints in your body (not just the spine)! Chiropractic care is holistic in nature, which means that it treats the body as a single, whole system. Once your joints are properly aligned, your muscles, nerves, and other systems will benefit.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Multiple studies have shown that chiropractic care is extremely effective at reducing pain symptoms and decreasing opioid dependency.
Will My Insurance Cover Chiropractic Care?
If chiropractors are doctors and if they are effective at treating pain, it would make sense that insurance companies would cover your adjustments.
The good news is that most health insurance carriers and certain Medicare plans do cover chiropractic care.
Before you schedule your appointment, see whether your policy covers chiropractic adjustments and if you need to see an in-network provider.
Oviedo Chiropractic is currently in-network with the following health plans:
- American Specialty Health Networks
- Florida Blue
- Bright Health
- PHCS/PHCS Savility
- United Healthcare
- Medicare (Part B)
- Worker’s Compensation Insurance
- Auto Insurance
And if you don’t see your insurance carrier listed above, rest assured that we offer affordable self-pay options.
Even though chiropractors don’t have a medical degree, they are still doctors with a wealth of knowledge in their particular area of study.
Whether you’ve been in a car accident, had a work injury, or are simply dealing with chronic pain, chiropractic adjustments may be the answer.
At Oviedo Chiropractic, we’ve built a reputation for educating our patients on the root cause of their symptoms and helping them live pain-free once again. Schedule your appointment so we can develop a treatment plan that is unique to you.