Did you know educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions? This includes 4 years in undergraduate pre-medical training, and 4-5 years in chiropractic college, plus some doctors of chiropractic obtain additional training and specialization.
Plus, because chiropractic medicine is by nature “hands-on”, with highly intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time chiropractic college is spent on clinical training.
Dr. Michael Herb in Eugene, OR completed his medical training and sports medicine specialization at the University of Western States in Portland. He is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, an honor held by only about 300 physicians across the United States. He is an expert in diagnosing and treating sports injuries and musculoskeletal injuries, including but not limited to injuries sustained in auto accidents, workplace injuries, back pain, neck pain and whiplash, headaches, shoulder injuries, extremity injuries, carpal tunnel, pinched nerves, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, scoliosis and many more.
As a general rule, patients should not be directed to surgery or other non-conservative treatment options for their pain management unless conservative treatment fails or there are complications supporting surgical intervention. After thorough examination and proper diagnosis, chiropractic physicians usually use spinal manipulations and other chiropractic adjustments for pain management, often in conjunction with other conservative therapies such as physical therapy and rehabilitation, acupuncture, massage, exercise, electrical modalities, health counseling, and ergonomic advice.
If you’d like to learn more about the educational requirements of Doctor’s of Chiropractic, check out the following from the American Chiropractic Association:
- On the ACA website: Chiropractic Education
- ACA Handout: Healthy Living _ Getting Healthy with Chiropractic
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Dr. Michael Herb is a chiropractic sports physician at Absolute Wellness Center in Eugene, OR. Absolute Wellness Center officers chiropractic medicine, sports medicine, naturopathic medicine, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and massage. To learn more about chiropractic medicine and whether it might be appropriate for you, contact us.