Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Physicians (DO)

If you're like most people, you've been going to physicians ever since you were born, but you're unaware that some or all of them could have been osteopathic physicians, also known as DOs. You may not even be aware that there are two types of complete physicians in the United States—DOs and MDs.  
The fact is that both DOs and MDs are fully qualified physicians licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery.   
Osteopathic physicians bring something extra to medicine:
  • Osteopathic medical schools emphasize training students to become primary care physicians.
  • DOs practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating you for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole.
  • Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive health care.
  • DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system—your body's interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that makes up two-thirds of your body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect other parts.
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is incorporated into the training and practice of osteopathic physicians. With OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and to encourage your body's natural tendency toward good health. By combining all other available medical options with OMT, DOs offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
  • Continued here on the American Osteopathic Association site:
SOURCE: THE AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION SITE: click link above to access their site.

OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. Bill Amos, P.T. has over 30 years of experience in manual osteopathy. Call: 301-881-2898. Visit: www.rockvilleacupuncturemd.com or www.taoclinic.net