Applied Osteopathy
What is Osteopathic Medicine?

In the United States, osteopathic medicine is a medical care system that combines the needs of the patient with the current practice of medicine and surgery. Our philosophy emphasizes the body's ability to heal itself. This is accomplished by correct musculoskeletal structure allowing the body to function properly.

Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) attend unique medical schools; they receive the traditional four year comprehensive medical education with an additional emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. We treat the total person rather than the disease alone.

However, it is not just our philosophy that sets us apart! We are also specially trained in manual medicine for treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. With this training emphasis, some osteopathic physicians specialize in rehabilitation and sports-medicine - indeed, you'll find many D.O.s as pro-sports and Olympic team physicians.


How does an M.D. differ from a D.O.?

M.D.s are similar to D.O.s. An M.D. is a physician trained at a standard four year medical school. D.O.s receive the same four year medical school training but with the osteopathic philosophies tied into the basic principles of medicine. D.O.s also receive hundreds of hours of additional training in manipulative medicine techniques and diagnosis. Upon graduation from medical school, D.O.s continue with residency training in any of the medical specialties, from family practice to neurosurgery.

Otherwise there are few differences; M.D.s and D.O.s have the same practice rights throughout the United States. you can find D.O.s and M.D.s working together in the best hospitals and clinics throughout the nation. D.O.s are also found in all branches of military medicine - in fact, the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army is an osteopathic physician.