Chiropractic Physicians are Doctors of Chiropractic, or “DCs, which is why you see the initials DC to the right of DrC‘s name.

Today’s Doctors of Chiropractic (or “DCs”) are trained as “Primary Health Care Providers,”
which means they are practitioners of the healing arts that are trained to: Examine patients, analyze the results of tests, diagnose, and treat the patient’s health condition(s), as well as advise patients about methods of preventive health care. Consequently, Chiropractic Physicians can also do physical examinations for work, schools or sports, and to refer to specialists when needed.

In practice, some DCs choose to narrow their scope to serve in a more focused manner, and often refer to themselves as “Chiropractors” (as opposed to “Chiropractic Physicians”).

Many people are unaware of all the training that Chiropractic Physicians (Doctors of Chiropractic) have gone through. To illustrate the complexity and depth of a Chiropractor’s studies, we present here an overview of the training of a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) and that of a conventional MD (Medical Doctor) below.

If you are looking for a Chiropractor in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding areas call our office today to make an appointment.(865) 454-0313 or click here to schedule your appointment online.


Doctor of Medicine
         Course (Class) Doctor of Chiropractic
508 Anatomy 540
326 Physiology 240
401 Pathology 360
325 Chemistry 165
114 Microbiology 120
324 Diagnosis 630
112 Neurology 320
148 X-Ray 360
144 Psychiatry 60
148 Obstetrics 60
156 Orthopaedics 210
2,706 2,887
Other Required Subjects
General Surgery
Spinal Adjusting
Extremity Adjusting
Advanced Radiology
Grand Total Class Hours
4248 4485
(The class hours for basic science comparisons were compiled and averaged following a review of curricula of 18 chiropractic colleges and 22 medical schools.) By Ronald J. Grisanti D.C.,D.A.B.C.O.,M.S.

Chiropractors and medical doctors have similar training regarding how the body works.
However, their approach to healing is different.

Sometimes, people imagine that it is a good idea to ask their Medical Doctor if Chiropractic can help them. However, Medical Doctors do not receive any training in Chiropractic – just as Doctors of Chiropractic do not (normally) receive any training in pharmacology or dentistry.

Although Chiropractic is ultimately not about symptoms, research by the MEADE STUDY showed Chiropractic care yields superior results (compared to medical care) for low back complaints. Research also shows that Chiropractic care leads to better results for the treatment of whiplash symptoms. (QUEBEC TASK FORCE).

Chiropractic care has also been shown to be superior to medication in the reduction of symptoms from headaches and migraines.

Chiropractors have been trained to differentiate what they can help, what they cannot help, and what they should co-care. Ask Dr. C if Chiropractic can help you.

To schedule a Free Initial Consult call Dr. C (865) 454-0313 or click here to schedule your appointment online


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