What is a D.O.?
D.O.'s are Osteopathic physicians who practice a whole-person approach to medicine. The mind, body and spirit encompass the patient. Physicians consider both the physical and mental needs. Instead of treating specific symptoms or illnesses, osteopathic physicians regard the body as an intergrated unit with self-regulating and self-healing capabalities.
Osteopathic physicians have a patient centered approach to health care. They use all medical resources available to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. This includes medications, manipulation, therapy and surgery when indicated.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are fully educated and licensed to practice all aspects of medicine and surgery. They often times specialize in family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopaedic surgery as well as all other medical specialties and subspecialties.
Focus is often placed on preventative health care. Additional training in the musculoskeletal system and manual medicine offers the most comprehensive approach to patient care available.
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