Chiropractor - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Chiropractor

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Job Description 

Chiropractors believe that the body can heal itself without drugs or surgery. They manipulate the structure of the body to bring about healing and restorative affects. 

A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment neuromuscular disorders. They specialize in treating disorders through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.

Most chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve the functionality of patients. They also educate them on how to live healthier and treat their bodies better. 

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Responsibilities

 

Chiropractors are responsible for treating people's musculoskeletal issues. They manipulate the skeleton to relieve pain and and improve overall health.  

Chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical treatments to treat patients with:

  • Lower back pain

  • Leg Pain

  • Neck pain

  • Repetitive strains

  • Headaches

  • Sports injuries

  • Car accident injuries

  • Arthritic pain

While they primarily focus on treating neuromusculoskeletal disorders, chiropractors are not exclusively limited to problems with the nervous system and musculoskeletal system.

They work with other healthcare providers and refer patients to medical doctors for other health concerns as they arise. 

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Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas about patient issues, tell the patient how to rehab their injuries, and communicate treatment options. 

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing patient to make sure they are responding well to treatment and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary. 

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands (literally) and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Dexterity

Must work well with your hands, as they are your main tool for your job. 

 

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Working Conditions

 

Chiropractors enjoy clean, comfortable offices with normal work schedules. They mostly work an average 40 hours a week, but some can work longer.

Most own their practice and have a good level of autonomy. They do spend a ton of their time on their feet and use their hands all the time.  

In all they have a relatively low-stress medical job and work great schedules in a good environment. Many chiropractors set up their offices to bring about a calming effect to their patients, so low lighting and comfortable seating is not uncommon. 

 

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