What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)?

If you're like most people, you've been going to a doctor since you were born and perhaps didn't know if you were seeing a D.O. (osteopathic physician) or an M.D. (allopathic physician). You may not even be aware that there are only two groups fully licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the United States.

The fact is, both D.O.s and M.D.s are fully qualified physicians licensed to practice medicine, perform surgery and prescribe medication.

Is there any difference between these two kinds of doctors?

Yes. And no.

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Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) bring something extra to medicine

By combining all available medical treatments with OMT, D.O.s offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.

More than a Century of Unique Care

Osteopathic medicine is a unique form of American medical care that was developed in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still was dissatisfied with the effectiveness of 19th Century medicine.

He believed that many of the medications of his day were useless or even harmful. Dr. Still was one of the first in his time to study the attributes of good health so that he could better understand the process of disease.

In response, Dr. Still founded a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. The philosophy focuses on the unity of all body parts.

He identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. He recognized the body's ability to heal itself and stressed preventive medicine, eating properly and keeping fit.

Dr. Still pioneered the concept of "wellness" more than 125 years ago. In today's terms, personal health risks--such as smoking, high blood pressure, excessive cholesterol levels, stress and other lifestyle factors--are evaluated for each individual.

In coordination with appropriate medical treatment, the doctor of osteopathic medicine acts as a teacher to help patients take more responsibility for their own well-being and change unhealthy patterns.

21st Century Frontier Medicine

Just as Dr. Still pioneered osteopathic medicine on the Missouri frontier in 1874, todays doctors of osteopathic medicine serve as modern day medical pioneers. They continue the tradition of bringing health care to areas of greatest need:

Today osteopathic physicians continue to be on the cutting edge of modern medicine. D.O.s combine today's medical technology with their ears, to listen compassionately to their patients; their eyes, to see their patients as whole persons; and their hands, to diagnose and treat injury as well as illness.
D.O.s and M.D.s are alike in many ways:

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine comprise a separate, yet equal branch of American medical care. Together, D.O.s and M.D.s enhance the state of care available in America.
It is, however, the ways that D.O.s and M.D.s are different that bring an extra dimension to your family's health care.

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