No one wants to miss out on a wise career move, so if you're passionate about the healthcare professions, here's one more reason to learn about becoming a doctor of chiropractic. Turns out the idea of making doctors of chiropractic accessible to workers delivers benefits for the employee and the employer.
As of 2017, more than 33% of large U.S. employers operate general medical worksite clinics, up from 24% in 2012. Worksite clinics are widening their services way beyond treating work-related injuries. Today, on-site clinics contribute to better employee health by offering various services:
- Adult medicine
- Chiropractic services
- Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).
A case study looking at the health clinic for manufacturer Standard Process reported impressive outcomes:
- 24% decrease in short-term disability costs
- 12% decrease in hospital and procedures cost
- A record high of 60% of employees with perfect attendance.
Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic in Worksite Clinics
Although the number of employers offering worksite clinics is increasing, the training and skill sets of providers in those clinics may not always address musculoskeletal issues – pain and injuries involving the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and structures that support the body's limbs, neck and back. Those issues are at the center of a chiropractor's diagnostic and treatment skills and knowledge.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC) findings indicate at least 80% of employers said reported neuromusculoskeletal issues were a top cause of lost work days. Knowing this, you can begin to see why chiropractors are being added to the specialty knowledge available in the employer-created clinics.
Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic: Patient Satisfaction is There
The NAWHC findings also said employees were in favor of having chiropractic services on-site. The costs of service were lower for doctors of chiropractic compared to other health providers treating similar conditions.
Also, patient satisfaction with chiropractic care at worksite clinics – as with the general population – is very high – often in the 90th percentile. (Check out the patient satisfaction results on page 9 of this 2017 chiropractic report.)
Adding in the non-invasive, non-drug philosophy of care of chiropractors to healthcare services available in the workplace seems to make sense. As noted in Growing Role of Doctors of Chiropractic in On-site Corporate Health Clinics, "LBP (low-back pain) is problematic in the workplace, plaguing both white-collar desk personnel and blue-collar warehouse and manufacturing personnel."
All of this suggests there's never been a better time for becoming a doctor of chiropractic. In the goal of better healthcare delivery and lower healthcare costs, it's clear companies are stepping up to offer comprehensive services in as many ways as they can.
Reasons to Consider Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic
When a professional patient care role is your career goal, becoming a doctor of chiropractic is a choice worth considering. Chiropractors not only work directly with patients the majority of the day; they often spend more time with them to find appropriate therapies.
Chiropractors are the highest-rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments. According to a report from the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, chiropractors rank higher than
- Physical therapists (PTs)
- Specialist physician/M.D.s (neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, etc.)
- Primary care physician/M.D. (Family or internal medicine, etc.)
Becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic at CUKC
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is a nonprofit, private, healthcare-focused university in Overland Park, Kansas, an award-winning city within the Kansas City metro.
Our history in chiropractic education began in 1922, and today CUKC is the only chiropractic university guided by the founding family. More than one of every 10 chiropractors in the U.S. has earned a chiropractic degree from our CUKC College of Chiropractic.
At CUKC, you could earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 3.3 years, or save time and money by going for a concurrent B.S. in Biology/Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Get more information from a CUKC advisor today and download the free ebook, Your Complete Guide to the Chiropractic Profession.