Chiropractors have to undertake specialised educational requirement before becoming a professional practitioner. Students need to take two-year or four-year undergraduate degree programs before they can attend a specialising medical school. Chiropractor students need not to undertake the Medical College Admissions Test. However, like osteopathy students, chiropractor students also need to pass the national and state board examinations in the state they desire to practice their skills. Chiropractors treat several musculoskeletal disorders by manually realigning the spine, along with practices such as heat, water, light, massage, ultrasound, electricity and acupuncture. These professionals can specialise in sports medicine, neurology, orthopaedic, paediatrics, nutrition, internal disorder or diagnostic imaging.
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For becoming an osteopath, you need to undergo the Medical College Admission Test and further spend four years studying at a medical school. Like chiropractors, osteopaths also have to pass the state board examination within the state they wish to practice professionally. Due to their extra eight years’ of experience through internships and residencies, osteopaths are considered to be complete physicians and can perform surgeries and prescribe medication. They focus on realigning the spine by additional techniques, such as stretching and exercise. Osteopaths specialise in areas such as family medicine, general internal medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine, cardiovascular surgery, psychiatry and geriatrics.
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