Duties and responsibilities
A chiropractic neurologist are responsible for treating various brain and nervous system disorders. Typical conditions they treat include post-stroke rehabilitation, headaches and chronic pain, vertigo, multiple sclerosis and dystonia. Their typical duties and responsibilities include:
- Assessing a patient’s medical condition by reviewing their medical history
- Conducting tests to diagnose a patients issues, including evaluating a patient’s posture and taking x rays
- Providing neuromusculoskeletal therapy, which often involves adjusting a patient’s spinal column and other joints
- Giving additional treatments, such as applying heat or cold to a patient’s injured areas
- Advising patients on health and lifestyle issues
- Referring patients to other healthcare professionals if needed
In order to become a chiropractor, you are required to have a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. This is a postgraduate professional degree that typically takes 4 years to complete. In order to get accepted onto these programs, a bachelors degree is typically needed.
Skills and relevant work experience
As well as having the physical stamina to be on their feet all day, chiropractic neurologists need skills such as:
- Problem solving skills, as chiropractic neurologists will have to find what is wrong with their patients neck and solve these problems
- Patience, as working with injury and illness can be very slow and frustrating
- Compassion and empathy, as chiropractic neurologists need a deep understanding of their patients needs and concerns
- Communication skills, as chiropractic neurologists will need to communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals. They also need to keep written documents up to date
Chiropractic neurologists tend to work full time. However, there are part time work opportunities available. Chiropractic neurologists may also have to work nights or weekends to accommodate to their patients schedule.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for chiropractors was $70,340 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,290, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $147,480. Chiropractic neurologists can expect to earn within this region.
The demand for chiropractic neurologists is expected to increase over the coming years, as the aging population remains fitter and more active. To progress further in their career, chiropractic neurologists may decide to become self-employed open their own chiropractic practice.