What is a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy)?

October 7, 2016




In the United States there are two types of fully licensed physicians, D.O.'s and M.D.'s.  D.O.'s or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine were started in the late 1800's by a M.D. that was concerned with how medicine was being practiced by his M.D. counterparts at that time, so he set out to create what he hoped was a better way to care for patients.  The idea was to treat people, not diseases and that the optimal function of the body relied on the normal motion of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system.  This focus on the MSK system is represented in the Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques (OMT) or hands-on manual medicine that all D.O.'s learn in medical school, an additional 200 hours of training, and some go on to include in their practice.  The Board Certification I have, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) is a specialty designed for those physicians that are interested in focusing primarily on restoring normal motion of the body to promote the maximum function of each individual.  At Mobility Medicine, we work to incorporate this with a patient first mentality to provide the highest quality of care. 

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