Too Many Chiropractors, Not Enough Demand

December 11, 2007 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Chiropractic, Chiropractic Student Debt, Latest News, Risks Of Being A Chiropractor | 2 Comments
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Thinking of becoming a chiropractor?

Then you should definitely read this (CLICK HERE FOR POST) about the unfortunate realities of supply and demand.

From 1995 to 2008 (estimated), there are 36,000 new chiropractors, yet only 7% of the population ever sees a chiropractor — and that number hasn’t changed in 20 years.

”The number of chiropractors in the U.S. grew from 13,000 in 1970 to 40,000 in 1990. That should have been a large enough jump to invite talk of restricted chiropractic college enrollment. However, the jump of more than 50,000 by 1994 should have set off alarm bells.”

The chiropractic colleges keep pumping out more and more graduates with huge student loan debt, yet the demand for chiropractic is NOT increasing. At the same time, insurance companies are paying for less and less chiropractic care.

Before you sign the papers and go into massive debt for a chiropractic career, please read this blog, follow the links, and carefully do your own research. You can ask questions to former and current chiropractors on Chirotalk: The Skeptical Chiropractic Discussion List.

Remember that chiropractic colleges make money by getting your tuition. They can not be trusted to tell you the reality of the situation, especially considering that many make improper claims on their websites.

(Click Here To Read Post Operation Money Hum–How to make $ in Chiropractic?” )



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  1. There seems to be a problem with the logic of your argument, as do your facts. You say that from 1995-2008 there has been an increase of 36,000 chiropractors in the United States and that the usage of chiropractic has stayed at 7% for 20 years.
    Regarding the usage, you are simply wrong in 1980 the usage, of chiropractic according to the United States Department of Health, was about 3.5% in 1995 the usage had gone up to about 7%. By the year 2000 the US Census Bureau reported 11% usage of chiropractic in the USA. That looks like change to me.

    You also neglected to point out that the US has a population increase of about 1% with a population of 300 million, that’s about 3 million people a year.

    As far as the number of chiropractors in the US we are currently at about 50,000 and the population of the USA is about 300 Million at the 2000 figure for usage of 11% that gives us 660 different new injuries per chiropractor per year. That doesn’t count the people who had more than one new injury per year, or the growth of usage from 2000 to 2008.

    So in 1970 the US pop. was 200 Mil and the # of DCs was 13,000 and the usage was 3.5% that means that they only had 538 new injuries per year per chiropractor.

    To summarize, the usage of chiropractic has outpaced the growth of the profession, and Doctors of Chiropractic have a greater chance of success today than they did in 1970.

    If you fail in this profession take responsibility for your own shortcomings and don’t blame it on the profession.

  2. If I “failed” at this profession, then I consider myself a success — because this means I failed to be a dangerous quack.

    Taking out chiropractic student loans is financial suicide. If anyone reading this is thinking about it, you better do some SERIOUS research first.

    Before I went to chiro college, I read all kinds of stuff about how easy it is to be successful, the potential for growth of the profession, etc. It was all a bunch of bullshit.

    Get on the “Chirotalk” list and read some of the links. Members of the profession aren’t even denying the lack of growth anymore. Only this guy is. But will he also pay back your student loans when you realize you have made a HUGE mistake?

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