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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

The Title of "Doctor" in Chiropractic Care: Why Are Chiropractors Called Doctors?

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Hello, I'm Dr. Rory Dopps from Dopps Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kansas. One question that often arises is why chiropractors are referred to as "doctors." In this blog, we'll explore the education and training of chiropractors, and why the title of "doctor" is an accurate reflection of their expertise and role in healthcare.

The term "doctor" is derived from the Latin word "docere," which means "to teach." In the context of healthcare, the title of "doctor" is used to refer to a professional who has completed a doctoral-level education and training in their respective field. For chiropractors, this means earning a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from an accredited chiropractic college.

Here are some key factors that contribute to chiropractors being called doctors:

  1. Rigorous education: Chiropractors undergo a demanding educational process that typically takes four years to complete after obtaining an undergraduate degree. The curriculum includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, diagnosis, and treatment techniques, as well as clinical internships to develop hands-on skills.

  2. Licensing and certification: Upon completing their education, chiropractors must pass a series of national board examinations and meet state-specific requirements to obtain a license to practice. This ensures that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe and effective care to their patients.

  3. Scope of practice: Chiropractors are primary care providers, which means they can diagnose and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions without the need for a referral from another healthcare professional. Their scope of practice includes spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapies, and recommendations for exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.

  4. Patient care: As healthcare providers, chiropractors have a responsibility to their patients to provide high-quality, evidence-based care. This includes staying up-to-date on the latest research and techniques, as well as participating in continuing education to maintain their licensure.

  5. Collaboration with other healthcare professionals: Chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers to deliver comprehensive, integrative care for their patients. This collaborative approach reinforces the importance of recognizing chiropractors as doctors within the healthcare community.

In conclusion, chiropractors are called doctors because of their extensive education, training, and licensure, as well as their role as primary care providers within the healthcare system. The title of "doctor" accurately reflects their expertise and commitment to providing safe, effective care for their patients. If you're interested in exploring chiropractic care for yourself, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor like myself. You can book an appointment online at Also, be sure to visit our nutrition shop on our website for products designed to support your overall health and well-being.

Stay healthy, and remember to trust the expertise and knowledge of your chiropractic doctor!


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