A Rapidly Growing Profession
Columbia South Carolina, comes a March 21, 2004 report on the website of
television news station WIS that highlights the increased usage of
chiropractic care. The story also noted that more than 30 million people
visited doctors of chiropractic last year for a variety of conditions, and
more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to doctors of
There were several
interesting facts noted in the story.
- In 1970, there were an
estimated 13,000 doctors of chiropractic licensed in the United States.
This number had increased to 40,000 in 1990 and to approximately 50,000 in
1994. Thus, there is roughly one doctor of chiropractic for every 5,000
United States residents.
- A recent study
estimated that the number of doctors of chiropractic will double by the
year 2010 (to over 100,000), far exceeding the 16 percent increase
projected for medical doctors. Thus, it appears that doctors of
chiropractic will represent a substantially larger proportion of health
care professionals in the coming years.
- The proportion of the
United States population that uses chiropractic and the number of
chiropractic visits per capita have approximately doubled in the past
- According to a study
published in the November 11, 1998 issue of the Journal of the American
Medical Association, approximately 11 percent of the population visited a
doctor of chiropractic in 1997. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, today
there are approximately 273 million people in the country. This translates
into approximately 30 million patients who visited a doctor of
chiropractic in 1997.
- Chiropractic is the
third largest doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and