Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine or DOs, believe there’s more to good health than the absence of pain or disease. As guardians of wellness, DOs focus on prevention by gaining a deeper understanding of your lifestyle and environment, rather than just treating your symptoms.
There are more than 114,000 DOs in the US, practicing their distinct philosophy in every medical specialty. DOs have additional training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and use this tool to help diagnose, treat and prevent illness and injury.
The DO Difference
DOs listen and partner with their patients to care for them in a holistic and empathic approach to medicine. They are trained to promote the body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing. They practice according to the latest science and use the latest technology, but also consider options to complement pharmaceuticals and surgery.
Education & Training
From their first days of training, DOs learn to see an interrelated unity among all systems of the body, each working with the other to heal in times of illness.
Completing four years of osteopathic medical school, DOs acquire advanced skills in providing preventive, comprehensive care. They also receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, which is the body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones.
Upon graduating from osteopathic medical school, DOs complete internships, residencies and fellowships, which prepare them to become licensed and board-certified.
Through Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, DOs use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and encourage your body’s natural tendency toward self-healing. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain, but it can also help provide relief for patients with asthma, sinus disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome and migraines. In many cases, OMT can be used to complement, or even replace, drugs or surgery.
By combining the latest advances in medical technology with OMT, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.