In addition, these modern-day
pioneers practice on the cutting edge of medicine. DOs
combine today’s medical technology with their ears to listen
caringly to their patient’s concerns, with their minds to view their
patients as whole persons, and with their hands to diagnose and
treat patients for injury and/or illness.
D.O.s practice a “whole person”
approach to medicine. Instead of just treating you for specific
symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated
Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive health care.
D.O.s 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 an
excellent understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of
your body can affect another.
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, D.O.s offer their patients the most comprehensive care
available in medicine today.