Why do hospitals not have chiropractors?


Some hospitals do have chiropractors or offer chiropractic services, but it is not common for hospitals to have chiropractors on staff or to offer chiropractic care as a primary service. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. Differences in training and scope of practice: Chiropractors are not medical doctors and have a different scope of practice than medical doctors. While chiropractors are licensed healthcare professionals who undergo extensive training in musculoskeletal care, their training is typically more focused on spinal manipulation and other non-invasive techniques for treating musculoskeletal conditions. Medical doctors, on the other hand, have a broader scope of practice and are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions.

  2. Lack of integration into traditional medical settings: Chiropractic care is often viewed as complementary or alternative to traditional medical care, rather than an integral part of it. This may make it more difficult for chiropractors to integrate into hospital settings, which are typically focused on providing more traditional medical services.

  3. Reimbursement and insurance coverage: In many cases, chiropractic care may not be covered by insurance or reimbursed by Medicare or other government programs, which can make it difficult for chiropractors to provide care in hospital settings.

While hospitals may not have chiropractors on staff or offer chiropractic care as a primary service, many people still seek chiropractic care as a complementary or alternative treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. It is important to work closely with your healthcare team to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs and goals.