Chiropractic Specialties

The Responsibilities of a Chiropractic Specialist


  • To provide expert examination of musculoskeletal (MSK) dysfunction and/or pain.
  • To provide independent assessment, as requested.
  • To act as a consultant to chiropractic & medical doctors, other health care providers, or third party payers in the investigation, diagnosis and/or management of MSK problems.
  • To understand the usefulness, limitations, and costs of advanced MSK diagnostic tests, and be able to use such to uncover possibilities which would otherwise be missed.
  • To introduce alternate options for patients with MSK dysfunction and/or illness, or in chronic situations in which different illnesses occur together.
  • To assume, when indicated or requested, responsibility for the continuing care of referred patients with complicated pain and illness.
  • To know about dangerous interactions of MSK treatment when given simultaneously with other treatments, and about risks and benefits associated with all treatments.
  • To provide critical analysis of research reports and claims about new MSK treatments.
  • To case manage complex and serious MSK illness.
  • To provide pre-operative/post-operative assessment of patients who require/receive MSK surgery.
  • To advise field doctors of a patient's risk status and recommend appropriate intervention to minimize risk.
  • To use up-to-date procedures for MSK diagnosis and effective management of patients with severe and/or complex MSK illnesses.
  • To assume a central role in the postgraduate training of chiropractic doctors.