According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 49,100 chiropractors practicing in the United States in 2008. Nearly half of all chiropractors are self-employed, owning and practicing in their own clinics. Chiropractors also hold positions as associates, work in a group healthcare setting, teach at educational institutions or work in military medical centers throughout the country. The job outlook for the chiropractic profession is expected to be good, the number of chiropractic physicians expected to grow by 20% from 2008 to 2018. This may be due to the increased demand for alternative healthcare by consumers; a growing branch of medicine that offers care with little to no side effects compared to surgery and medication. Patient population can range from small children to the elderly; chiropractic care has the ability to specialize treatment plans for all ages and for many healthcare needs. As the needs for chiropractic care have grown, some health insurance companies now offer coverage for chiropractic treatments. It is important to find out what coverage you may have for alternative health care options as some policies do not include chiropractic services. Self-pay options are also available at a chiropractic office when insurance does not cover the care.
Style of Health Care
Many chiropractors prefer working in a multi-disciplinary clinic, either one they have established or working as an associate within a group. This style of health care setting is beneficial in that internal referrals will keep patients within the group while helping patients to receive necessary care between providers with little wait time. Very few chiropractors will leave the profession during their careers, retirement being the main reason for a decrease in numbers, and this results in some areas of the country having a higher concentration of chiropractors in a small area. If a chiropractor wishes to open a private practice, it is advised to seek an area with a small amount of current practicing chiropractors to maximize success of the new business. As with most small businesses, positive word of mouth, referrals and visibility in a community will help to grow a chiropractic office. Some chiropractic physicians will also have advanced specialties such as a diplomate in radiology, family practice, pediatric care or a sports focus that will allow them to offer additional treatment options to help bring more patients into their offices. Chiropractors offer different treatment styles based on their own educational experiences so it is important to locate a chiropractor in your area that offers treatment plans that will benefit and improve your health care needs.
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