Key Points

Many people who seek chiropractic care have chronic, pain-related health conditions. Low-back pain, neck pain, and headache are common conditions for which people seek chiropractic treatment.

People seek chiropractic care primarily for pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headache.

  • Side effects and risks depend on the type of chiropractic treatment used.
  • Chiropractic practitioners in the United States are required to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from properly accredited colleges.
  • Ongoing research is looking at effects of chiropractic treatment approaches, how they might work, and diseases and conditions for which they may be most helpful.
  • Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.