What Is A D.O.?
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What is a D.O.?


Osteopathic Physicians

Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) focus on the unity of all body parts and the body’s ability to heal itself.  With a ‘whole person’ approach to medicine and prevention, D.O.s stress the importance of healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition and fitness, medications when necessary and alternative treatments.  Both D.O.s and M.D.s are fully qualified physicians licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication.  However, the additional training D.O.s have in musculoskeletal care and the emphasis on wholistic medicine adds an extra dimension and value to your family’s health care.

D.O.s are specially trained in the musculoskeletal system —the body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones making up two thirds of its mass.  This training gives osteopathic physicians a better understanding of the ways that injury or illness in one part of the body can affect the body as a whole.