What is a D.O.?
A D.O. is a physician who, like an M.D., is licensed to prescribe medicine and perform surgery in all 50 states. D.O. stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and signifies someone who has graduated from four years of medical school and three to five years of residency. D.O.’s may practice in any area of medicine from primary care to neurosurgery.
How are D.O.’s Different ?
D.O.’s are different than M.D.’s because they attend osteopathic medical schools, where the philosophy is holistic, focusing on the whole person rather than just their symptoms. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes disease prevention through diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle. D.O.’s receive extra training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), a physical skill used to diagnose and treat problems with the muscles, bones and nerves. OMM can be used to treat problems ranging from headaches to pelvic pain. With the addition of OMM to the traditional skill set, D.O.’s offer the most comprehensive care in medicine today.