Chiropractor  What They Do

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Chiropractors Career Video



Assesses, treats, and cares for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system. May provide spinal adjustment or address sacral or pelvic misalignment.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Evaluates the functioning of the neuromuscularskeletal system and the spine using systems of chiropractic diagnosis.
  • Performs a series of manual adjustments to the spine or other articulations of the body to correct the musculoskeletal system.
  • Diagnoses health problems by reviewing patients' health and medical histories, questioning, observing, and examining patients and interpreting x-rays.
  • Obtains and records patients' medical histories.
  • Maintains accurate case histories of patients.
  • Advises patients about recommended courses of treatment.
  • Analyzes x-rays to locate the sources of patients' difficulties and to rule out fractures or diseases as sources of problems.
  • Counsels patients about nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, or other matters.
  • Consults with or refers patients to appropriate health practitioners when necessary.
  • Recommends and arranges for diagnostic procedures, such as blood chemistry tests, saliva tests, x-rays, or other imaging procedures.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Chiropractic Neurologist -- A chiropractor trained and certified in the specialty of neurology.
  • Physician -- Diagnoses and treats diseases, injuries, and other disorders. They also work to promote good health and prevent illness.