A chiropractor is a primary health care provider who diagnoses and treats conditions related to the neuromusculeskeltal system that can cause back, neck, joint, and headache pain. A chiropractor goes to university for at least three years to study science and biology. After that they go to an accredited chiropractic college for four years to study to become a chiropractor. Once they complete their degree, they must pass a national board exam and a provincial licensing exam that reviews legal, ethical, and professional matters.
Only a chiropractor that is registered with the College of Chiropractors of BC can call themselves a “doctor of chiropractic”, “chiropractic doctor” or “chiropractor” in British Columbia. Chiropractors are also one of several regulated health professionals that may use the title “doctor” in front of their name.
What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractors provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and preventative care of biomechanical disorders originating from the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Different chiropractors offer different techniques so it is important to find a good ‘fit’ with you and the chiropractor. Chiropractors can take and read x-rays and may use x-ray as a diagnostic tool. Chiropractors create exercise plans and make recommendations on ways to improve your posture. If your condition is outside of the scope of a chiropractor, they will refer you to a more appropriate health professional. Chiropractors can treat people of any age. They often work in private clinics, but some work in clinics with other health care providers.
How do chiropractors keep their skills up to date?
Chiropractors must renew their registration every year. The College of Chiropractors of BC ensures that practising chiropractors complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years. This must include at least six hours of x-ray or imaging credits. At least once every five years chiropractors are also required to complete a Practice Self Review that is an assessment of clinical files.
What happens when I first visit a chiropractor?
Your first visit is much like a visit to most other primary health care providers. You will be asked why you’ve come to see a chiropractor. You will be asked to complete some initial paperwork and answer questions about your health to develop a case history. The chiropractor will conduct an exam and physical tests such as leaning your body from side to side or moving your arms and legs. The chiropractor will discuss the findings, diagnosis and proposed treatment plan. Before any treatment begins, you will be asked for your consent.
How can I find a chiropractor?
The best way to find a chiropractor that is a good fit is to ask your family, friends or colleagues for recommendations. You can also try locating a chiropractor close to your home, work, or school. You do not need a referral to see a chiropractor. You can call them directly for an appointment. The College of Chiropractors of BC keeps a list of all chiropractors licensed in BC on their website www.chirobc.com
How do I pay for a chiropractor?
Most private health insurance plans include coverage for chiropractic services. MSP pays partial coverage if you have premium assistance. Coverage may be available through ICBC for injured motorists; WorkSafeBC for those injured on the job; and federal programs like Veterans or RCMP.
What if I have concerns about the care I received from a chiropractor?
As a patient, you have the right to expect a professional standard of care from your chiropractor. If you think that has not happened, contact the College of Chiropractors of BC, firstname.lastname@example.org The phone number is 604.242.1455
Where can I find more information about chiropractors?