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What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)?

A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a fully trained and licensed doctor who has attended and graduated from a U.S. osteopathic medical school.  A doctor of medicine (M.D.) has attended and graduated from a medical school in the U.S. or other countries.

What is the difference between a D.O. and an M.D.?

In general, an M.D. and a D.O. fulfill the same roles.  An M.D. and a D.O. complete similar residencies, prescribe medications, and can practice in all 50 states.  The main difference between a D.O. and an M.D. is that a D.O. completes additional hands-on training in a technique termed osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).

What are examples of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine?

D.O.s treat many types of disorders including:

  • Acute and chronic back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Degenerative spinal disorders
  • Joint pain and dysfunction
  • Digestive disorders
  • Myofascial pain, such as fibromyalgia

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