"I left the profession after 17 years of just getting by. Couldnt afford to go back to school for another degree, and now work for the county sheriff in corrections. Made more my second year here than my best year in practice, plus health, vacation and retirement benefits I didn't have."-Ken
When one endeavors to earn their chiropractic degree they never dream that their efforts would ever be viewed as disingenuous or short of intentions to help preserve health, quality of life, and longevity to those whom they serve. The journey is long and expensive. The DC's today are well educated and capable of offering primary care to their patients. Unfortunately, when they get out of school and enter their profession they quickly find that their patients are more patrons and consumers than patients. From the 2 years I was managing my husbands clinic I learned right away that nobody wanted to hear why they were having pain or health problems much less how to truly get rid of it. They wanted to be "cracked," pay, and sent on their way. We learned the hard way that everything my husband worked to achieved would not be manifested in a traditional clinical setting without a mountain of endless business loans (which weren't being offered in fall 2008) or the agreement that we would, with our two children, need to be dependent on family or the government for the basic necessities of life henceforth. To us, after 2 years and projections that at best would have us independent as a family in 10 years+ we had to make hard decisions or face the agreement that we would be spinning our wheels in a profession that is largely misunderstood by its consumers.
I am quite baffled at the diversity of misinformation the world has to offer about what a DC is. Baffled or not, despite our best efforts to educate our niche of the world it was never enough to do anything but stay in business breaking even and existing so our patients could get "cracked", pay, and be sent on their way. We stewed in gratitude for every singe patient. We averaged 10 a day and had great energy in our office. At the end of the day the risk, benefits, and alternatives had to be considered. Too many DC's are learning the hard way and at this point, it is what it is, but in a perfect post DC graduate world there would be a single strong central national organization, commercials educating the public incessantly, and decent small business loans to give people like my husband the chance to exist in the profession he loves.