There are 77,000 Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) in the United States who are required to pass a series of four national board exams and be state licensed.
It is estimated that DCs treat over 27 million Americans (adults and children) annually.
DCs are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.
DCs are utilized by all 32 National Football League teams in optimizing the functionality, endurance and overall conditioning of professional football players in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal strain injuries, including neck pain, low back- pain, strains to hamstrings and quadriceps, and whiplash injuries.
Chiropractic care has an excellent safety record. This should be viewed in the context of other treatments for back pain such as steroids, pain medications, and surgery. As a result, DCs pay malpractice insurance premiums at significantly lower rates than MDs.