It’s confusing some times isn’t it, when you meet a doctor of medicine, and then you meet other ‘doctors’ and wonder if they are really should be called a doctor? And what about your chiropractor? Is he or she also a doctor?
A doctor (“Dr” or “Dr.”) is a title or designation for any person who has finished a graduate doctorate degree or accreditation. So a Phd level of study means that the person is a doctor, and they may have no ties to a hospital or the medical profession, like a Doctor of Theology (DTh) or Doctor of Public Health (DrPH).
But in many parts of society, our use of the doctor terminology is almost targeted at medical doctors (surgeons, orthopedic, pediatricians, dentists, podiatrists, etc.). This is why there is confusion when it comes to a chiropractor’s title.
To be accurate, chiropractors hold a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from an institution that has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission – the same organization that issues accreditation to medical schools. Chiropractors attend graduate-level health training to treat bones, nerves, muscles and ligaments. The term ‘doctor’ for chiropractors is accurate. They have performed sufficient education and graduate level training to focus on their area of specialty (as there are psychiatric doctors who focus on mental health or anesthesiologists who focus on the safety of patients undergoing surgery).
So, please feel comfortable knowing that your chiropractor is a doctor regardless of whether you use that title to address him or her. They have earned it with their education (4 years beyond at least 3 years of undergraduate university) and with their intent to help your health in their area of specialty – usually focused on lower back pain, whiplash issues, neck pain, or sport and accident injuries.
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