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Re: DO vs DC

Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:39 pm

furcifer wrote:SO can a DC do anything a DO can't do?

Can a DO do anything an MD can't do? (if not, why does the school even exist?)

About the only thing a DO can do that a typical MD can't is OMT adjustments, but even then an MD can go take a few classes and receive the training necessary to do this.

Re: DO vs DC

Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:54 pm

If anyone is still reading this I have some more information to add. I don't claim to know it all but here are some differences between MD, DO, and DC. MD's go to medical school and can prescribe pharmaceuticals. DO's go to osteopathic school and can also prescribe medications but usually they focus on homeopathic care; the idea that the body can heal itself, through improving circulation. DC's go to chiropractic school (of course) and they are the only ones who adjust or manipulate the spine to improve nervous system function. Vertebra can pinch nerves when the spine isn't properly aligned, which is called subluxation. Chiropractors also cannot prescribe drugs, but that may soon change. All three learn a great deal about Anatomy and Physiology and who you need to see depends on your diagnosis. Chiropractors are the best for neck and lower back pain. MD's are better for surgery and other specialties. DO's are for people who want more homeopathic care, yet since they can also prescribe pharmaceuticals they are becoming more and more like MD's.

Re: DO vs DC

Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:04 am

Let them know as soon as you possibly can, in writing,