A Bird’s Eye View of Common Chiropractic Specialties
How a chiropractor provides treatment can be the result of various factors, from the school he went to, to his physical stature to the specific condition of the patient, and so on. Clearly, no two chiropractors can ever be exactly alike, but they results they all aim for should be one and the same. The different chiropractic specialties ensure that this uniqueness remains within scientific and reasonable regulation.
Many Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are not only trained in standard techniques but also is certain specialties. Like medical doctors, DCs seek to specialize in specific practice areas as a way to treat their patients better.
After chiropractic college, graduates will have acquired the basic skill set that allows them to treat average, day to day complaints and injuries. However, they are still not qualified to treat complex injuries or chronic illnesses. Specialty training holds the key to the expertise required in such scenarios.
Here is an overview of the various chiropractic diplomate specializations with accreditation from the American Chiropractic Association:
Chiropractic Orthopedist (DACO/DABCO)
Specializes in conditions affecting the bones, joints, capsules, discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons, along with other organ systems and structures related.
Chiropractic Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (DACRB)
Finished in-depth physiologic therapeutics and rehabilitation postgraduate training to specialize in accident or sports-related injuries.
Chiropractic Acupuncture (DABCA)
Handles a whole array of health conditions that involve all body tissues and systems, with particular focus on those involving the spine, nervous system and the meridian system.
Chiropractic Diagnostic Imaging (DACBR)
Has more specialized training in interpreting MRIs, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and other types of diagnostic imaging.
Chiropractic Pediatrician (DICCP)
Deals with the unique musculoskeletal needs of young people.
Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist (DACAN/DACNB)
Focused on the clinical evaluation and treatment of health issues arising from the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP/DACBSP)
Deals with sports-related injuries and in designing programs that improve physical fitness and athletic performance.
Chiropractic Diagnosis and Management of Internal Disorders (DABCI)
Trained to work as a primary care doctor and specializes in modern medical diagnosis, natural therapeutics and functional medicine.
Chiropractic Occupational Health (DACBOH)
Trained in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of occupation-related neuromusculoskeletal injuries.
Chiropractic Nutrition (DACBN/CBCN)
Focuses on advising chiropractic patients on the prevention of diseases and overall health maintenance.
It should be pretty clear by now how varied the field of chiropractic is and how different types of specialists have acquired unique training to focus on certain areas. If you’re thinking of seeing a chiropractor, this is one of the factors that should affect your choice of a practitioner. Though all of them want to resolve your condition, they have varied methods of attaining this outcome. As the patient, you have to decide which chiropractic specialist will be right for your specific condition.