What is a D.O.? —
(Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
Both D.O.s (osteopathic physician) and M.D.s (allopathic physician) are licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication. The D.O. physician receives extra training in the musculoskeletal system — your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two-thirds of its body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of the ways that and injury or illness in one part of your body can affect another.
The osteopathic physician acts as a teacher to help patients take more responsibility for their own well-being and change unhealthy patterns. They help to encourage your body’s natural tendency toward good health.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is incorporated in the training and practice of osteopathic physicians. With OMT, doctors use their hands to diagnose, treat and even prevent illness or injury. When appropriate, it can be used in conjunction with, or in place of medication or surgery. By combining all available medical procedures with OMT, D.O.s offer their patient the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
Not all D.O.s practice OMT, ask your physician or visit Bullhead Urgent Care today at 1355 Ramar Road, Suite #11, Bullhead City.