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What is a D.O.?
If you are like most people, you’re not quite sure what a D.O. or osteopathic physician really is. You may even think an osteopathic physician is someone to see only when you have a problem with your bones or back. That’s a common misconception.
Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are fully trained and licensed to practice all phases of medicine in all 50 states. They perform surgery, deliver children, treat patients and prescribe medicine in hospitals and offices across the country and in all branches of the armed services.
There are osteopathic specialist in every medical field including: Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Dermatology, Surgery, Orthopedics, Gerontology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Internal Medicine, Family Practice and others.
Applicants to osteopathic medical colleges typically have a four-year undergraduate degree with an emphasis in science courses. After completing four years of osteopathic medical school these physicians continue on to internship and residency training (typically three to six additional years of training.)
Osteopathic family physicians, surgeons and other specialists use all the tools of modern medicine to detect and treat disease. They may also do more.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
D.O.s receive hundreds of hours of training to learn to perform osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), a technique in which osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose and treat patient illnesses.
D.O.s receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system the interconnected system of nerves, muscles, and bones that make up two thirds of your body. This training provides the osteopathic physician with a better understanding of the way that an injury or illness in one part of your body and affect another part.
The Osteopathic Philosophy
Osteopathic medicine was developed in 1874 by Andrew Taylor, M.D. Dissatisfied with the effectiveness of 19th century medicine, Dr. Still founded a philosophy of medicine based on the ideas that date back to Hippocrates.
Osteopathic physicians view the human body as a single integrated organism – the whole body works together. There is a fundamental concern with the whole body; preventive and holistic medicine, proper diet and keeping a patient fit. The D.O. considers the patient’s work and home environment along with the many other factors that may impact upon a patient’s health.
Osteopathic physicians combine this philosophy with technology to provide the most comprehensive care available.