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A doctor of chiropractic (DC) uses a hands-on approach to health care that focuses on how bone, joint and nerve problems affect general health.

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Chiropractic care is most often used to treat back pain, headache, joint pain or neck pain.

A chiropractor may give nutrition advice or suggest exercises as therapy for pain. He or she does not prescribe medicines.

New chiropractic patients: If requested by your clinic, please print out and complete the suggested forms below and bring them to your appointment.

Learn more about chiropractic health care, and what to expect at your chiropractic appointment.

Source: Allina Health clinics; MedTerms Medical Dictionary (
Reviewed by: Molly Magnani, DC, Allina Health

First published: 5/18/2006
Last reviewed: 6/13/2014