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Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine includes the study of all branches of medicine and additional studies of surgery. It is a medicine based on the belief that disease and dysfunction in the body is mainly manifested in the musculoskeletal system. Doctors of Osteopathy are trained to use the musculoskeletal system to diagnose and treat multiple diseases, avoiding medication which may later have unfriendly side effects.

A large principle of Osteopathic Medicine is that the human body innately holds self-healing and regulating abilities. Doctors of Osteopathy are trained to uniquely develop treatment plans for each individual patient, based upon what the body and the patient tells them.

Osteopathic Medicine is not only used to treat multiple diseases and abnormalities in the body, but it is also used for prevention and for promotion of general wellness.

Andrew Taylor Still, who fathered osteopathic medicine, described doctors who study this medicine in this quote: “An osteopath is only a human engineer, who should understand all the laws governing his engine and thereby master disease”.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a treatment used by Osteopathic physicians to examine and treat the body. Osteopathic physiatrists use their hands to examine a patient’s back, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints for signs of an injury, impaired function, or disease.

Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) have a highly developed understanding of the relationship between the body’s function and the body’s structure.

Many patients who choose to see an Osteopathic physiatrist are coming in for pain, either acute or chronic pain, or discomfort from an existing condition. The goal of OMT is to relieve pain and discomfort and avoid prescription pain medication and/or surgical intervention by reducing things such as muscle tension and joint restriction.

Osteopathic Manipulation can be helpful for:

Osteopathic Physicians vs. Chiropractors

While both Chiropractors and Osteopaths both use hands-on medicine and are often used interchangeably, there is a very big difference between Chiropractors and Osteopaths. Below is a chart taken from the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and American Chiropractic Association.

CATEGORY DO MD DC
Undergrad Training 4 Year Degree 4 Year Degree 90 Hours College Credit Some Require Degree
Grad Training 4 Year Osteo 4 Year Medical 4 Year Chiropractic Degree
Post Grad Training 1 Year Internship
2-8 Years Residency depending upon the specialty
1 Year Internship
2-8 Years Residency depending upon the specialty
None
None
Licensure/Scope of Practice Fully Licensed to practice the complete spectrum of Medical and Surgical Specialties in all 50 states Fully Licensed to practice the complete spectrum of Medical and Surgical Specialties in all 50 states Licensed to practice Chiropractic Manipulation
Prescribe Medications Yes Yes No
Manual Medicine Training Over 500 Hours None Over 500 Hours
* Association of Chiropractic Colleges and American Chiropractic Association

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