A licensed physician who is a graduate from an accredited school of osteopathic medicine.
D.O.s are fully qualified physicians licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication in all 50 states. D.O.s practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they assess the overall health of their patients including home and work environments. Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive health care.D.O.s receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system -- your body's interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two-thirds of its body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of the ways that an injury or illness in one part of your body can affect another.
doctor's degree in osteopathy
a physician who has been trained at an Osteopathic Medical School
This discipline was begun by Andrew Still in the late 1800s to teach bone manipulation to promote natural healing. Osteopathy helps the body to stimulate and restore its own immune systems and is very effective in treating many autoimmune disorders such as arthritis. Osteopaths use a system of healing that emphasizes realignment of the body through manipulation to correct faulty structure and function. They specialize in manipulating muscles and joints to treat problems. Doctors of Osteopathy are fully trained and licensed according to the same standards as M.D.'s and receive additional extensive training in the body's structure and function
Emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in the health of the body; examines patients, diagnoses diseases, orders treatments, performs surgery, and educates patients.
A practitioner who is a graduate of an accredited school of osteopathic medicine that emphasizes the need for the bodyâ€™s systems to be in correct relationship with one another and the importance of the musculoskeletal system.