Three pedestrians were recently hit by a car at Fair Lakes Shopping Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The accident occurred in BJ’s parking lot area of the shopping center. According to Fairfax Police, one of the victims was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police say the driver remained at the scene after the crash and the accident remains under investigation.

Chiropractic Training

There are a number of injuries that pedestrian accident victims suffer that a chiropractor Falls Church, VA residents trust can help with, including back, neck, and soft tissue injuries. However, if you have never been to a chiropractor, you may be unsure if this is the right type of option for you. One of the most common misconceptions about chiropractors is the extent of education and training requirements chiropractors must have.

The education and training for chiropractors are considered the most stringent that are required by any medical professional in the healthcare industry. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are educated and trained just as medical doctors are, however, the focus of diagnosis and treatment is on medical conditions of the musculoskeletal system – the joints, ligaments, muscles of the spine and extremities, as well as the nerves that supply nutrients to these areas.

In order to be accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, an applicant must have completed four years of pre-med undergraduate college courses in biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, psychology, and all associated laboratory work.

Once an applicant is accepted into chiropractic college, they must complete four to five years of study, completing courses in a vast number of areas.  including the following:

  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Exercise
  • Human anatomy
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Orthopedics
  • Physiology
  • Rehabilitation

In total, a person who is attending chiropractic college is required to complete a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, clinical, and laboratory experience.

What a Chiropractor Can Do for You

In addition to accident injuries, a chiropractor can treat a variety of medical conditions, as well as treat patients of all ages. Many people are aware that chiropractors are known for their specialized treatments for back pain, headaches, and neck pain. This treatment is achieved by utilizing a high skill set of manipulations and/or chiropractic adjustments to the spine.

Chiropractors are also skilled at treating patients who are suffering with a variety of musculoskeletal system issues, particularly working with the joints, ligaments, and muscles. Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the impact these conditions have on the body’s nervous system that causes the pain a patient suffers from.

Chiropractors also offer patients advice on diet, exercise, nutrition, lifestyle modifications, and occupational modifications which will help keep the body healthy.

If you would like to learn more about how a chiropractor might be able to help with your accident injuries, call AmeriWell Clinics to schedule a consultation with a skilled chiropractor in Church Falls, VA.