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By High Desert Family Medicine
July 17, 2020
Osteopathic MedicineOur body is made up of a variety of different interconnected systems; however, these systems all need to work together to function properly, so dealing with issues in one area of the body may likely originate from issues or disease in another area of the body. If you’re looking for a doctor that will provide you with a whole-person approach to treatment, then you will want to consider seeing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

What Is an Osteopathy Specialist?
A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine has specialized training in treating injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system. They also have extensive knowledge of how the nerves, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones of the body all rely on each other to function properly. An osteopathy provider can provide you with the same advanced medical treatments and care as a traditional doctor, but with the knowledge and skills of someone entuned to how the body functions as a whole.

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine provides manipulative or manual therapy, which helps to reduce pain, improve circulation and blood flow, and improve mobility. An osteopathy provider will focus on non-invasive treatments that are drug-free to restore functionality into the body as a whole, while also strengthening the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and spine. Osteopathic therapy is considered an alternative and complementary therapy and is used along with conventional treatments to provide a more comprehensive treatment plan. An osteopath helps treat a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions including:
  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Pregnancy-related pains
  • Foot, ankle, hip or knee pain
  • Sciatica
Osteopathic medicine can also improve digestion, reduce anxiety and stress, and even help patients get better sleep. When you come in for a visit with an osteopathic doctor expect to work together with the doctor to find a treatment plan that works for you. You will become an active participant in your treatment plan along with your osteopath.

Most osteopathic examinations take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Based on your treatment plan, your doctor may prescribe weekly manual therapy sessions for several weeks along with other exercise recommendations, dietary changes, and other lifestyle modifications.

By High Desert Family Medicine
July 01, 2020
Category: Osteopathy
Tags: Arthritis  
ArthritisArthritis is a leading cause of disability in the US. More than 54 million people are currently living with arthritis, a progressive condition that causes joint pain, stiffness, limited mobility and even permanent damage to the joints without treatment. This is why it’s so important to catch arthritis early on. There are treatments and medications that can slow and even stop the progression of joint damage, while an osteopath can provide you with a variety of alternative and therapeutic treatments that can restore mobility and help you better manage your joint pain.

Why an osteopath?
So, why should you consider seeing an osteopath for arthritis treatment? Well, one thing is that osteopathic treatment can be quite effective for managing swelling, pain, and mobility issues. An osteopath is a medical professional that performs non-invasive manual manipulation therapies to improve how the body functions as a whole. Osteopathy is a complementary treatment that along with medications and other treatments you’re undergoing, may be able to provide you with even better relief.

Osteopathy is great because it offers patients a way to manage their arthritis symptoms without turning to medications and may even help people avoid surgery. Since osteopathic doctors focus on how the joints, spine and muscles of the body function they are ideal physicians for addressing any mobility problems and symptoms you are experiencing with arthritis. If you are looking for a drug-free, natural medicine that can help improve your health as a whole, then osteopathic medicine may be for you.

How will an osteopath treat my arthritis?
Even though there is no cure for arthritis there are many ways for an osteopathic physician to help you manage arthritis symptoms to improve your health and quality of life. An osteopathic treatment plan for arthritis will most likely include,
  • Lifestyle modifications (e.g. getting regular exercise; staying hydrated)
  • Home exercises to improve joint function and to reduce swelling and pain
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching exercises
  • Myofascial release
An osteopath can also work with your current doctors to make sure that you are receiving an all-encompassing treatment plan that will provide you with the most benefit and help you live a healthy, happy life.

If you are looking for non-invasive therapies that can improve your arthritis symptoms without having to rely on long-term pain medications and other invasive treatments, then it’s time to speak with a qualified osteopath about how they can help you manage your arthritis.