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DO vs DC

Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:49 pm

Pros and Cons of each?

Anyone here consider one then switch to the other? Any reason why?

Re: DO vs DC

Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:45 pm

Big differences between both
one is a Physician (DO) and the other is not (DC)

Re: DO vs DC

Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:03 pm

Can't a DO adjust though? That's why I was asking about the comparison.

Re: DO vs DC

Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:06 pm

(mind this was wikipedia, but this is what I read and it sounds a lot like what I've been told)

Osteopathy and osteopathic medicine are terms often used interchangeably[1] for the philosophy and system of alternative medical practice first proposed by A. T. Still MD in 1874. Its practitioners are known as osteopaths. It emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body and recognizes the body's ability to heal itself; it is the role of the osteopathic practitioner to facilitate that process.[2] The American Osteopathic Association recommends using osteopathic physician and osteopathic medicine to describe "American Osteopathy", practiced by full scope of practice physicians, and using osteopath and osteopathy to describe the restricted-scope form of practice in many other jurisdictions.[note 1][4][5] Despite this, many osteopathic physicians in the US still use the term osteopath.[6]

There is an international organization for individuals, the World Osteopathic Health Organization (WOHO),[7] which permits membership by both "restricted scope manual therapist" osteopaths and "full scope of medical practice" osteopathic physicians. Similarly, there is also an international organization of organizations for national osteopathic and osteopathic medical associations, statutory regulators, and universities/medical schools offering osteopathic and osteopathic medical education, known as the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA).[8]

Osteopathy and osteopaths should not be confused with the study of bones, osteology, and its practitioners, osteologists.

Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.[1] It is generally categorized as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).[2] Although chiropractors have many attributes of primary care providers, chiropractic has more of the attributes of a medical specialty like dentistry or podiatry.[3]

The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues; treatment also includes exercises and health and lifestyle counseling.[4] Traditional chiropractic assumes that a vertebral subluxation interferes with the body's innate intelligence,[5] a vitalistic notion ridiculed by the scientific and healthcare communities.[6] A large number of chiropractors want to separate themselves from the traditional vitalistic concept of innate intelligence

Re: DO vs DC

Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:08 pm

furcifer wrote:Can't a DO adjust though? That's why I was asking about the comparison.

So can an MD if they want to
DC's cannot practice medicine though and thats the difference