What does a Chiropractic Physician do?

Chiropractic physicians are established members of the mainstream medical team. They treat problems involving the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, cartilage, and nervous system. Chiropractic physicians can perform soft-tissue therapies, prescribe corrective exercises, and safely manipulate the spine or joints to help you potentially avoid surgery and medication. You may benefit from the chiropractor’s “hands-on” approach to relieve chronic pain from old injuries or acute pain from new injuries.

Types of Work Environments

Most commonly they work in outpatient clinics that they typically own and operate. Over the last decade, it has become the standard of care for chiropractors to be hired by small and large hospital systems in outpatient settings. In rare cases, Chiropractors treat patients in an inpatient setting.

Education and Training Requirements

Bachelor in Science/Biology or equivalent followed by Chiropractic College to receive a Doctorate Degree.


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "The median annual wage for chiropractors was $75,380 in May 2022. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount, and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,170, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $132,630."

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