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Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. It is generally categorized as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Although chiropractors have many attributes of primary care providers, chiropractic has more of the attributes of a medical specialty like dentistry or podiatry.

Chiropractors must typically complete a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) program, which includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, and chiropractic techniques, as well as completing clinical rotations. After graduating from a D.C. program, individuals must pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exam to become licensed chiropractors. State licensing requirements may also vary but typically include passing the NBCE exam and completing continuing education credits to maintain licensure. Some chiropractors may also pursue additional certifications in specific areas of chiropractic practice.

Chiropractic has two main groups. “Straights,” now the minority, emphasize vitalism, innate intelligence, and spinal adjustments and consider vertebral subluxations to be the cause of all disease. On the other hand, most chiropractors today are “mixers” who are more open to mainstream views and conventional medical techniques, such as exercise, massage, and ice therapy.

Chiropractic malpractice case matter

Chiropractic treatment involves manipulations of the spine and neck that can cause significant injury if performed improperly. Some examples of chiropractic malpractice include:

  • Negligent manipulation of the body. Improperly performed adjustments can cause herniated discs, nerve damage, and other injuries or aggravate existing injuries.
  • Chiropractic-induced stroke. In some cases, manipulation of the neck can cause an artery to the brain to become blocked or ruptured.
  • Failure to diagnose a medical condition. Chiropractors have a duty of care to their patients to diagnose urgent medical issues and provide an appropriate referral to a physician if necessary.
  • Inappropriate or excessive treatment, such as performing unnecessary adjustments or continuing treatment despite lack of improvement.

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In legal matters involving chiropractic malpractice or injuries that require chiropractic treatment, the right expert witness can make a significant difference in the outcome. Contact us today to speak with a member of our team about your potential case.

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