Together, D.O.s and M.D.s enhance the state of health care available in the U.S. D.O.s, however, belong to a separate yet equal branch of American medical care. It is the ways that D.O.s and M.D.s are different that can bring an extra dimension to your health care.The Osteopathic Approach
D.O.s combine today's medical technology with their ears to listen caringly to their patients, with their eyes to see their patients as whole persons, and with their hands to diagnose and treat patients for injury and illness.
The D.O. physician views the patient as a "total person" and focuses on preventative care. They view the whole body rather than treat specific symptoms or illness. This involves the use of their hands to diagnose injury and illness and to encourage your body's ability to heal. Osteopathic medicine is a fast-growing segment of the United States healthcare field.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) states that:
"Because of this whole-person approach to medicine, approximately 60 percent of all D.O.s choose to practice in the primary care disciplines of family practice, general internal medicine and pediatrics. Approximately 40 percent of all D.O.s go on to specialize in a wide range of practice areas. If the medical specialty exists, you will find D.O.s there."
- American Osteopathic Association (www.osteopathic.org
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)