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If you're like most people, you're not quite sure what a D.O., or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, really is.

You may even think an osteopathic physician is someone to see only when you have a problem with your bones or back.

 
D.O.s are fully trained and licensed
to practice all phases of medicine
in all 50 states.


That's a common mistake.
Actually, D.O.s are fully trained and licensed to practice all phases of medicine in all 50 states. They are complete doctors who offer their patients something extra.

Osteopathic physicians perform surgery , deliver babies, treat patients and prescribe medicine in hospitals and offices across the country , and in all branches of the armed services. And these D.O. general practitioners, surgeons and other specialists use all the tools of modern medicine to detect and treat disease.

 

They are specially trained to perform
osteopathic manipulative therapy.

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But they also do more! They are specially trained to perform osteopathic manipulative therapy. This is a technique in which osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose illness and treat patients. They pay particular attention to your joints, bones, muscles and nerves. As a result of manipulation, your circulation is often improved. A normal blood and nerve supply helps your body to heal itself. Many patients commonly refer to osteopathic manipulative therapy as a "back adjustment" and describe it as similar to a chiropractic treatment.

 
They look at the whole person,
not just the part that is sick,
such as your arm or leg.


Osteopathic physicians treat patients in a special way too.
They look at the whole person, not just the part that is sick, such as your arm or leg. They are concerned about all of you.

They know what happens in one part of your body affects the other parts too. That is why most D.O.s are family doctors. They care for the whole person.

 
D.O.s are complete doctors who
have the same training, rights &
privileges as M.D.s


D.O.s are complete doctors who have the same training, rights and privileges as M.D.s, but who also
receive additional training in osteopathic manipulative therapy. So, the next time you see your osteopathic doctor ask him or her if osteopathic manipulative therapy could be of benefit to you.

 
 

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