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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
- Degenerative spinal disorders
- Joint pain and dysfunction
- Digestive disorders
- Myofascial pain, such as fibromyalgia
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