Monday, June 17, 2013

Similarities: Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy


 Similarities & Differences

         Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy

                                                    (DO vs DC vs PT vs MT)

European style Osteopathy, massage therapy & physiotherapy are offered in a diploma or degree format, while chiropractic is offered only as a degree. These four professions have more similarities than differences. They all offer valuable services to patients and are great health professions. In many cases and in many rehabilitation clinics, osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists work together as a multidisciplinary team to get patients better in the best way applicable. They each offer unique & amazing health care which is much appreciated by patients worldwide.

 
Osteopathy
Chiropractic
Physiotherapy
Massage Therapy
Designation
 
DOMP, DO, BSc (O), MSc (O)
DC, BSc (C), MSc (C)
BSc (PT), MSc (PT), PhD,  DPT
RMT, LMT, MT
 
 
Average School Tuition
$5,000 to $100,000
$60,000 to $120,000
Free (government paid) to $100,000
$15,000 to $30,000
 
 
Study Time for Regular Students
 
 
From 1 to 4 years (depending on diploma or degree)
3 to 4 years
2 to 4 years
1 to 2 years
Accelerated Program Study Time for Students With Prior Health Education
 
4 months to 2 years (depending on student’s background & diploma or degree program)
1 to 2 years depending on student’s background
1 to 2 years depending on student’s background
4 months to 1 year depending on student’s background
Average Annual Income
$90,000
$100,000
$80,000
$60,000
 
 
Average hiring salary for new graduates
$30 per hour
$40 per hour
$40 per hour
$20 per hour
Average Hourly Treatment Fee (Canada)
$80 to $140
$100 to $150
$80 to $150
$60 to $80
Hourly Fee Set by Financial Service Commission of Ontario for Car Accident Patients
$57.67
$111.80
$98.86
$57.67
 
 
 
 
 
Insurance Coverage in Canada
 
Accepted by all major insurers
Accepted by all major insurers
Accepted by all major insurers
Accepted by all major insurers
Board Exams
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Practice
 
 
 
Primary health practitioner. Can open independent clinic and see patients directly without supervision.
Primary health practitioner. Can open independent clinic and see patients directly without supervision.
Primary health practitioner. Can open independent clinic and see patients directly without supervision in most countries. In some places must be supervised by MD
Primary health practitioner. Can open independent clinic and see patients directly without supervision.
 
Medical Diagnosis
Yes (for degree holders), No (for diploma holders)
 
Yes
Yes
No
Manual Diagnosis
Yes, both diploma & degree holders can perform osteopathic diagnosis
 
Yes, can perform chiropractic diagnosis
No. Manual diagnosis is not taught
No. Manual diagnosis is not taught
 
 
Physiotherapy Modalities
Yes (diploma holders need extra training)
Yes
Yes
NO
 
 
Prerequisite to Education
 
 
 
High school graduation for diploma holders & BSc (O), university education for DO & MSc (O)
University education
High school graduation
High school graduation
Employment Potential
Zero unemployment
Zero unemployment
Zero unemployment
Zero unemployment
 
Radiography
Not permitted
Able to take x-rays
Not permitted
Not permitted
 
Radiology
Degree holders able to read x-rays. Diploma holders no.
Able to read x-rays
Not able to read x-rays
Not able to read x-rays
 
Most Common Disorder Treated
Low back pain followed by neck pain
Low back pain followed by neck pain
Low back pain followed by neck pain
Low back pain followed by neck pain
 
Foot Orthotics
Able to cast & dispense
Able to cast & dispense
Able to cast & dispense
Not able
 
 
Orthopaedic Bracing
Able to dispense
Able to dispense
Able to dispense
Not able
 
Compression support hose
Able to dispense
Able to dispense
Able to dispense
Not able
Treatment Plan
Able to sign
Able to sign
Able to sign
Able to sign
functional Abilities Evaluation
Degree holders permitted.
Permitted
Permitted
Not permitted
Job Site Analysis
Degree holders permitted
Permitted
Permitted
Not permitted
Home Based Assessment
Degree holders permitted
Permitted
Permitted
Not permitted
Independent Medical Evaluation
Degree holders permitted
Permitted
Permitted
Not permitted
Treatments at Home
Permitted
Permitted
Permitted
Permitted
 
Regulation
Regulated in 7 countries
Regulated in 7 countries
Regulated in all countries
Regulated in 7 countries
Can Open Independent Clinic
Yes, in all countries
Yes, in all countries
Yes, in some countries. Elsewhere PTs must work in an MD owned clinic or hospital
Yes, in all countries
Largest Schools in Canada
National Academy of Osteopathy
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
University of Toronto
Humber College
Largest Schools Internationally
National University of Medical Sciences
Palmer University
University of Southern California
University of Illinois
Founder
Dr Andre Taylor Still
Dr Daniel David Palmer
Henrique Ling
Unknown
First known school
121 years ago in USA
116 years ago in USA
100 years ago in UK
Less than 100 years ago in USA
Largest Association
International Osteopathic Association
American Chiropractic Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Massage Therapy Association

 

Osteopathy vs Chiropractic vs Physical Therapy vs Massage Therapy

 

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