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Osteopathic Advantage is a unique collaboration, where individuals with structural complaints, injuries, and illnesses affected by the musculoskeletal system, can be evaluated and treated, by Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine specialists offering a broad spectrum of hand approaches by OMM specialists


Osteopathic Advantage traces its beginning to the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department. In 1980, J. Scott Heatherington, D.O., was hired to launch and direct the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department (OMM Department).

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What's a D.O.?

Only two kinds of physicians are qualified for the unlimited practice of medicine in all 50 states: those holding a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) or a M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree. Osteopathic physicians perform surgery, deliver babies, prescribe medicine, and meet the same licensing standards as M.D.'s. In addition to equivalent medical and surgical training, D.O.s receive special additional training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).

Of course, Osteopathic physicians utilize the latest technological, pharmacological, and surgical advances of modern medicine when appropriate. However, we also recognize that not all pain or disease processes have a surgical or pharmaceutical solution. When the underlying cause of one's pain can be detected using the diagnostic and therapeutic addition of OMM, often surgery, and the potential for surgical or drug-related complications can be avoided.

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Osteopathic Physicians What makes them unique?

Some people are not quite sure what osteopathic physicians, or D.O.'s, really are. Others think they should visit osteopathic physicians only when they have a problem with their bones or backs. These are common misunderstandings.

Actually, D.O.'s are complete doctors who practice all phases of medicine. Osteopathic physicians perform surgery, deliver babies, treat patients and prescribe medicine in hospitals and offices across the country and in all branches of the military. These D.O. family physicians, surgeons and specialists use state of the art technology to detect and treat disease.

They also do more. D.O.'s are trained and qualified to perform osteopathic manipulation. That's a technique in which osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose illness and treat patients. They pay particular attention to joints, bones, muscles and nerves. As a result of osteopathic manipulation, the body's skeletal structure and circulation are improved.

Osteopathic physicians treat their patients in another special way. They treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms of the disease, illness or injury. They emphasize preventive medicine, a more healthful lifestyle, and proper diet and fitness.

They know that what happens in one part of the body affects other parts too. That's why most D.O.'s are family doctors. They care for your total well-being.

Following four years of college, their professional education includes four years of medical school, a year's internship and an additional two to six years of training if they choose to specialize.

So, now you know. D.O.'s are highly educated, complete physicians who offer their patients something extra and who treat them in a special way.


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