Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic: A Rapidly Grow­ing Pro­fes­sion

From Colum­bia South Car­olina, comes a March 21, 2004 report on the web­site of tele­vi­sion news sta­tion WIS that high­lights the increased usage of chi­ro­prac­tic care. The story also noted that more than 30 mil­lion peo­ple vis­ited doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic last year for a vari­ety of con­di­tions, and more and more med­ical doc­tors are refer­ring their patients to doc­tors of chiropractic.

There were sev­eral inter­est­ing facts noted in the story.

  • In 1970, there were an esti­mated 13,000 doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic licensed in the United States. This num­ber had increased to 40,000 in 1990 and to approx­i­mately 50,000 in 1994. Thus, there is roughly one doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic for every 5,000 United States residents.
  • A recent study esti­mated that the num­ber of doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic will dou­ble by the year 2010 (to over 100,000), far exceed­ing the 16 per­cent increase pro­jected for med­ical doc­tors. Thus, it appears that doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic will rep­re­sent a sub­stan­tially larger pro­por­tion of health care pro­fes­sion­als in the com­ing years.
  • The pro­por­tion of the United States pop­u­la­tion that uses chi­ro­prac­tic and the num­ber of chi­ro­prac­tic vis­its per capita have approx­i­mately dou­bled in the past 1520 years.
  • Accord­ing to a study pub­lished in the Novem­ber 11, 1998 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, approx­i­mately 11 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion vis­ited a doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic in 1997. Accord­ing to the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, today there are approx­i­mately 273 mil­lion peo­ple in the coun­try. This trans­lates into approx­i­mately 30 mil­lion patients who vis­ited a doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic in 1997.
  • Chi­ro­prac­tic is the third largest doctoral-​level health care pro­fes­sion after med­i­cine and dentistry.

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