“Chiros and Physical Therapists Dish on the Differences of their Diverse Careers”
Dr. Smith, a chiropractor with over 20 years of experience, and Dr. Johnson, a physical therapist with a similar amount of experience, sat down for a chat about their respective careers in Florida.
Dr. Smith: So, Dr. Johnson, let’s start with education. What kind of training and education did you have to go through to become a physical therapist?
Dr. Johnson: Well, I went to a physical therapy program and got my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. It was a long and challenging road, but it was worth it in the end. I was able to learn about human anatomy, kinesiology, and various techniques for helping patients recover from injury or manage chronic conditions.
Dr. Smith: That’s great! I had a similar experience. I went to chiropractic college and got my Doctor of Chiropractic degree. I learned about the human spine, how to diagnose and treat spinal conditions, and how to help patients achieve optimal health through natural, non-invasive methods.
Dr. Johnson: That’s great! So, what do you think sets your profession apart from mine?
Dr. Smith: I think one of the biggest differences is our approach to treatment. As a chiropractor, I focus on realigning the spine to improve overall health, while physical therapists focus on improving physical function and reducing pain through exercises and manual therapy.
Dr. Johnson: That’s true. Another difference is the business aspect of our careers. As a physical therapist, I typically work in a clinical setting, either in a hospital or private practice. As a chiropractor, you often have your own practice, right?
Dr. Smith: Yes, that’s correct. Many chiropractors choose to have their own practices, which can be challenging but also very rewarding. I have control over the direction of my practice and can make decisions that best serve my patients.
Dr. Johnson: That’s great. Another difference is the financial aspect. Physical therapists often have a set salary, while chiropractors usually have a more variable income based on the success of their practice.
Dr. Smith: That’s correct. But it’s also important to consider liability insurance, which can be a big expense for chiropractors.
Dr. Johnson: Yes, liability insurance is definitely an important consideration for both professions. And insurance reimbursement can also be a challenge for physical therapists, as insurance companies often have specific requirements for coverage.
Dr. Smith: Yes, that’s definitely a challenge for both of us. But I think overall, our careers offer stability and the opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Dr. Johnson: Absolutely. And that’s what it’s all about, right? Helping people feel their best.