What can chiropractors not do?


While chiropractors are licensed healthcare professionals who are trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, there are some things that they cannot do. Here are some of the things that chiropractors are not able to do:

  1. Prescribe medication: Chiropractors do not have the authority to prescribe medication. They can, however, recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or other supplements to help manage symptoms.

  2. Perform surgery: Chiropractors are not trained to perform surgery. In cases where surgery may be necessary, they may refer patients to a medical doctor or surgeon.

  3. Treat non-musculoskeletal conditions: While chiropractors focus on treating conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, they are not able to treat conditions outside of this area, such as cancer or heart disease.

  4. Perform X-rays or imaging tests: While some chiropractors may have X-ray machines in their offices, they are not trained to interpret the results of imaging tests. If necessary, they may refer patients to a radiologist for further testing.

  5. Accept all types of insurance: While chiropractic care is covered by many insurance plans, some plans may not cover it or may have restrictions on the number of visits or services that are covered.

It is important to note that the specific limitations on what chiropractors can and cannot do may vary depending on the laws and regulations in different states or countries. Additionally, the scope of practice for chiropractors may vary depending on their level of training and education.