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My name is Jason Dawson and if you have chronic back pain, I'm glad that you've found my blog. After an accident, I suffered with back pain for several years until I started visiting a chiropractor. I could tell a difference in the severity of my back pain after only a few treatments. I continued seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis and today my back pain is gone. When I had excruciating back pain, I couldn't enjoy any physical activities and some days I could barely walk. I'm writing this blog so that I can help others who have back pain. In my blog you'll learn about chiropractors and how they can help you. You'll also learn some things that you can do at home that will lessen the pain in your back.

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3 Reasons To Trust A Chiropractor

by Nandy Dannenberg

Are chiropractors real doctors? Many people ask this question when they're looking into their healthcare options. Well, chiropractors are certainly real doctors. They undergo very similar training to that of medical doctors; however, the training that separates a chiropractor is not always explored in great detail. Listed below are three things most people don't know about chiropractic training--three reasons to trust a chiropractor more than you may have previously.

1. Chiropractors are Required to Complete More Training 

While it is true that both chiropractors and medical doctors are required to complete extensive training before being deemed qualified to practice, a chiropractor's training is often understated. However, it turns out that a chiropractor has a higher minimum number of credit hours to complete. The differences in chiropractic and medical doctor training hours are most obvious in orthopedics, where a chiropractic students completes a minimum of 168 hours, while a medical student completes a minimum of 2, and X-ray, where a chiropractic student completes 271 hours, compared to only 13 hours for a medical student. Overall, a chiropractor has to complete at least 372 more hours than a medical doctor.

2. Chiropractors Have Low Malpractice Rates

The amount of money a healthcare professional has to pay for malpractice insurance is directly related to the amount of claims made against doctors in that particular healthcare profession. Despite rumors about the dangers of chiropractic, the malpractice rates for chiropractors are significantly lower than those of medical doctors. On average, a chiropractor pays $1,500 for malpractice insurance, while a medical doctor will pay anywhere from $10,000–20,000. If safety is your main concern, the numbers show that there is a lower risk associated with visiting a chiropractor. 

3. Chiropractors Focus on Solving Problems from their Origin

When you visit a regular medical doctor, particularly if you are experiencing pain, they are likely to write you a prescription for a pain killer. Sometimes these pain killers are effective treatment tools; however, often they simply mask a symptom--pain--and don't treat the actual problem. Chiropractors focus on treating the problem from the point of origin, correcting abnormalities in the spinal alignment that can often lead to pain in the neck, back, and other extremities. By receiving chiropractic treatment, you are more likely to experience long-term pain relief, without the aid of habit-forming drugs.

While the purpose of this article is not to vilify medical doctors, it is important to note that chiropractors are just as qualified and capable; sometimes even more so. If you have been hesitant about visiting a chiropractor, keep the three facts listed above in mind as you make your decision. Despite stigmas and rumors, chiropractors are able to treat a myriad of ailments; as with any other kind of doctor, your health and wellness is their top priority.