Why Chiropractic Students Take So Many Basic Science Courses

The education of today’s chiropractic doctors is highly regulated and requires four years of intensive study, and basic sciences are part and parcel of the chiropractic curriculum.

Basic sciences within the chiropractic curriculum usually refer to the study of biochemistry, pathology, physiology, anatomy, and even microbiology.

These subject areas appear to only be tangentially related to chiropractic as a field, but under closer scrutiny, it's only too obvious that a well-rounded chiropractic cannot be accomplished without them.

In fact, some students wonder whether or not the amount of time spent in these endeavors could not be spent better by learning the core applications that will, later on, help them in their practice with patients.

While at face value this might be a reasonable request, it soon becomes obvious that basic sciences are actually a most crucial aspect in the training of the next generation of chiropractors.

After all, what would be a better way to teach a student the many different ways in which abnormalities in a patient’s body might present?

Sure, every student will be able to recognize an abnormally curved spine, yet the fine points of abnormality, especially beginning abnormalities in their early stages, usually require significant training that can only be had by mastering the basic sciences.

Add to this the fact that some abnormalities can be detected as early as they appear on the cellular level, and the notion that biochemistry, as well as microbiology, are required, suddenly makes complete sense.

Naturally, anatomy is also a mainstay in the chiropractic field. It helps the student understand the proximity of organs to the nerves of the spine, and helps the aspiring chiropractor have a healthy respect for the many problems that could arise from improper care. This is also why the need for interdisciplinary knowledge is stressed during a chiropractic education, and treating the patient as a whole rather than just a problem area that is underlined so strongly.

For a chiropractic doctor who will practice in the United States, the basic sciences are an integral part in the process of becoming a primary care physician and will help the healthcare professional to read, understand, and use the information provided by other medical professionals.

In addition to the above, as part of a medical team treating a patient, the chiropractor is now able to adequately communicate with the other medical professionals as well, thus increasing the patient’s chances of receiving quality medical care and attaining a healing that will last in the long term rather than receiving a short-term fix.

To be sure, basic sciences are very much the basis on which the chiropractic curriculum builds itself, and develops the aspiring chiropractors’ understanding and appreciation of the physical aspects she or he will be dealing with in the clinical setting.

Any chiropractic student who thinks they can make do without this information is sadly mistaken and will find that a lack of knowledge in basic sciences will usually lead to a lot of catching up during more advanced courses.


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