Can Chiropractors Prescribe Medication?

Can Chiropractors Prescribe Medication?


There are millions of Americans that experience pain daily. No one wants to be hurt, so many Americans are constantly searching for the treatment that will help them the most. Some turn to chiropractic as it’s an excellent way to help the body heal as well as manage pain. However, some may wish to take medication on top of their treatment. That leads to a simple question; “can chiropractors prescribe medication?” Well, the Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont has the answer.

Can Chiropractors Prescribe Medication?

The quickest answer is no. Chiropractors typically aren’t licensed to be able to prescribe medication to their patients. However, most chiropractors wouldn’t prescribe medication even if they could. The use of medication doesn’t work towards the ideals and goals of chiropractic as a whole. Because of the goals of chiropractic attempting to avoid medication overall, it’s not an issue that chiropractors can’t prescribe medicine.

The Goal Of Chiropractic

Chiropractic is all about a holistic view of the health of the human body. It uses the science of the interconnectivity of the musculoskeletal system to help patients with a wide variety of issues. It’s an alternative to intrusive surgeries as well as medicine. Chiropractic as a whole is all about not needing medicine to begin with.

By manipulating the musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor can achieve pain relief, boost the immune system, and help with a plethora of symptoms including effective treatment for disc herniations and headaches. Chiropractors want their treatments to help their patients avoid the side effects of surgeries and medicines to keep their bodies as healthy as possible. To help with that, chiropractors may also utilize massage therapy as well as lifestyle changes, like dietary shifts, stretches, and exercises that can assist the patient in a healthier and more longstanding correction. Chiropractors can expertly adjust the spine to decompress the nervous system as a whole, which assists the entire body by keeping the nervous system functioning at an optimum level resulting in better health and function for the recipient.


No, chiropractors in most places aren’t licensed to prescribe medicine. However, that aligns with the goals of chiropractic which are to use a holistic approach to healthcare to avoid medicines that mask symptoms and typically have many side effects and to avoid surgeries when possible. Chiropractors work on pain relief and boosting the body in natural ways that don’t need medicine to be effective.

If you’re interested in seeing a chiropractor or even in a chiropractic adjustment visit us at one of our offices, in Erie or in Longmont. The Chiropractic Center of Erie and Chiropractic Center of Longmont treat the body holistically with our award-winning treatment process, in fact, we have been voted “Best of the West” eleven times and our aim is to help your body achieve and maintain optimal performance.

We specialize in treating patients suffering from spinal pain and many other maladies and have helped several patients find relief without the need for surgery. If you’d like to learn more about chiropractic care in Longmont or Erie or have questions about what to expect during your first chiropractor visit in Erie or Longmont, call our offices today at 303-828-3000 or 303-772-1950!

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Dr. David Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN

Dr. David Ehrmantraut, DC, SFDN

Dr. Dave's clinics have received multiple accolades, being voted "Best of Boulder" and "Best of the West" nine times. He has treated numerous world-class athletes and is dedicated to providing the best results for his patients in the shortest possible time.