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DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

DOs are licensed to practice all aspects of medicine and may specialize in any medical specialty or sub-specialty. They treat patients and prescribe medicine in offices and hospitals across the country and in the U.S. armed services. They use all of the resources of modern medicine to prevent, detect, and treat disease, but they also offer their patients something extra.

Osteopathic Physicians are specially trained to perform Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), a method in which they use their hands to diagnose and treat the patient, giving particular attention to muscles and nerves, joints, bones. OMT is employed to relieve pain and discomfort and, even more importantly, to encourage your body's natural tendency toward good health.

Are they different from MDs?  Yes and no.

How are they the same?
  • Both are fully qualified physicians licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication in all 50 states.
  • Similar Education
    • Four-year undergraduate degree with an emphasis on scientific courses.
    • Four years of basic medical education.
    • Residency Options (two to six years of additional training in their chosen specialty)
  • Comparable state licensing examinations required for practice
  • Both enhance the state of care available in America.

However, it is the ways that DOs and MDs are different that can bring an extra dimension to your family's health care.
  • Osteopathic Medical schools emphasize training students to be primary care physicians.
  • DOs practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole.
  • DOs focus on preventive health care.
  • DOs 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.
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is incorporated in the training and practice of osteopathic physicians.

By combining all available medical procedures with OMT, DOs offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.

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