A chiropractor is not a medical doctor (MD), however, they are licensed practitioners. Chiropractors complete one year of training and obtain a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree, which is considered a professional or doctorate degree. This means that chiropractors are considered subject matter experts, but are not classified as medical professionals. Chiropractors do not have medical licensing to practice the full scope of the medical field, which includes prescribing medications or performing surgery.
However, chiropractors are trained to identify the root source of pain and adjust the body so that its systems can work together to heal any damage or trauma. They are experts on the spine, as the well as the central nervous system and muscle systems.