Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) is a medical degree that is similar to a Medical Doctor (MD) degree. Both DOs and MDs are licensed physicians who are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions, but DOs have a slightly different approach to patient care.
Like MDs, DOs complete four years of medical school and may choose to specialize in a particular area of medicine through a residency and fellowship program. However, DOs receive additional training in the musculoskeletal system and the body's structure and function, with a focus on the interrelationship between the body's structure and its ability to heal itself. This training is known as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).
DOs believe that treating the whole person, rather than just the symptoms of a disease, is important for optimal health and wellness. They use OMM to diagnose and treat various medical conditions by manipulating the muscles and joints to improve circulation, relieve pain, and promote healing. DOs may also use other techniques such as medication and surgery to treat their patients.
Preventive care and wellness
In addition to traditional medical training, DOs also receive training in preventive care and wellness, with an emphasis on lifestyle changes and natural approaches to healing. They may spend more time with their patients, getting to know them on a personal level and working with them to develop a treatment plan that addresses their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
They are licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states and are recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA).
Overall, DOs are highly trained medical professionals who use a holistic approach to patient care and are committed to helping their patients achieve optimal health and wellness.