Chiro is Greek for “hand”. By definition chiropractic means “done by the hand”. Chiropractic is the practice of removing joint fixations and misalignments (also known as a “subluxation”) through specific manual adjustments. Joint fixations and misalignments can often result in nerve impingement (i.e., a “pinched nerve”). Sometimes pain, tingling and numbness are symptoms of an impinged nerve and other times a nerve can be impinged diminishing the function but there is no pain. It is estimated that between 22-50 million people receive chiropractic care.
Chiropractors are trained specialists (doctors) who use specific manual techniques such as a quick and gentle thrust to guide a misaligned joint back into place. Most techniques are by hand (see above), however there are also other techniques that utilize special instruments. Dr. DelPrete is trained in a variety of techniques and will use the technique that is most beneficial to the individual.
Is a chiropractor a “real doctor”? Yes! Board Certified Chiropractors are primary care physicians who specialize in the diagnosis, care and prevention of spine-related disorders. Today, to become a licensed chiropractor you must have an undergraduate degree before entering a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) program. Chiropractic programs take 4 years to complete and include classes in: anatomy, physiology, pathology, chemistry, bacteriology, diagnosis, neurology, x-ray, orthopedics, adjusting techniques and other classes related to his/her specialty.
Chiropractors must then pass a National Board of Chiropractic Exam as well as any state testing and licensing requirements (some states like Florida require their own board examination). In addition to the above education, Dr. DelPrete has completed additional education and certification to become a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (shoulder, arm, elbow wrists, knees, ankles etc.), Board Certified Sports Chiropractor and Advanced Certification in whiplash and brain injury traumatology through the Spine Research Institute of San Diego (SRISD).