What is osteopathic medicine? There are two types of medical doctors in the United States of America. The osteopathic physicians and surgeons (osteopaths), with the degree designation of (D.O.), and there are the allopathic physicians and surgeons (allopaths), with the degree designation of (M.D.)
What is the difference? The osteopathic physicians and surgeons are the "true" American doctors, as their philosophy and medical schools originated in America more than 100 years ago.
Founded by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., who realized that medicine had to involve more than just popping pills. The osteopathic training focuses on the entire human body and emphasizes a holistic approach for health. The osteopathic physicians are the original physicians that extended their care out to individuals' homes and frequently made house calls by horse and buggy, during the 1800s. Today, we still are the doctors out on front line providing excellent medical care, with emphasis on preventative health care. Osteopathic physicians are changing Americans' health for the better.
Some use the analogy that the difference between the two types of doctors are similar to the differences between McDonald's and Burger King, meaning it's personal preference. There are not that many differences appreciated now a days because many of the osteopathic physicians do not practice their valuable art of osteopathic manipulation, known as OMT.
To summarize, an osteopathic physician (osteopath) is equivalent to the best M.D. (allopath), the best psychiatrist, the best chiropractor, the best physical therapist, all rolled up into one package that being the "D.O."
Osteopathic physicians treat patients and not just their symptoms. Osteopathic physicians believe that disease originates from deep within the body's tissues, known as the neuromuscularskeletal (nervous, muscular, and skeletal) system. When these systems are kept in balance, prevention of diseases are the result. Osteopathic physicians are trained to detect early changes that occur deep within these systems and are able to prevent many chronic diseases when they are caught in their "early stages." Osteopathic physicians are highly trained and offer patients the most modern medical treatments and diagnostics available. They are very friendly, compassionate, and understanding of patients' many concerns. Osteopathic physicians do not only treat the patient's problems, they learn and understand the potential circumstances that can be the cause for some of the problems which ultimately can result in disease.
The osteopathic physicians and surgeons are critical for the welfare of our American citizens' healthcare. Yet, the current Obamacare act allows corporations to rid we independent osteopathic doctors and surgeons from the healthcare equation. Osteopathic physicians and surgeons are cost effective for our economy and future. Our current government needs to stop being so "anti-American."
We D.O.s are made in the United States of America, and we are not going away.
-- Dr. Gina Reghetti, D.O., Warren