How are Osteopathic Physicians different from Chiropractors?
Osteopathic Physicians are fully licensed physicians who have undergone 4 years of medical school following an undergraduate degree and have also completed at least one year of residency training, which is usually based in a hospital setting. They can prescribe medication and do surgery in all 50 of the states in the USA. Additionally, Doctors of Osteopathy are trained to treat the body with their hands, not just the skeletal system, but the muscles, nervous system, lymphatic system, myofascia, and cranium. In our practice, both physicians are American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Dr. Fischer has additional training in Neuromuscular Medicine.
Chiropractors also obtain a 4 year degree following their undergraduate degree. They are mainly trained in outpatient chiropractic clinic settings. Their focus is mainly on the skeletal system, although they may learn techniques to treat other aspect of the body as well. They do not usually train under medical physicians or in hospitals, and may only prescribe certain medications in certain states.