What Exactly Is Osteopathic Medicine?
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.

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