What is a DO?

Like MDs, DOs (also called Osteopaths) are licensed physicians – trained to practice all aspects of medicine for the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. The main difference between MDs and DOs is that DOs attend Osteopathic medical schools where they receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, focusing on how an injury or illness in one part of the body can impact other parts of the body as well as overall health. Osteopathic education emphasizes that all aspects of the body are integrated and that the body has a natural ability to heal and regulate itself. Some DOs, although not all, practice Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OMT is a gentle hands-on technique used to diagnose and treat the patient – where the provider is paying particular attention to the muscles, nerves, joints, bones, and how they’re all connected.

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