What is Osteopathic Medicine?
- Osteopathic medicine, quite similarly to allopathic (M.D.,) medicine, is a way of treating illnesses, injury, and disease, by utilizing a variety of methods, including medication, surgery, and medical technology. The factor that sets Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.’s) apart from the traditional M.D. is the usage of hands on techniques designed to realign the body to allow it to properly heal itself, and a more holistic approach to healing. Whereas many M.D.’s would look at a symptom and treat only that symptom, the D.O. would look at the patient as a whole to try to diagnose the issue.
Osteopathy vs. Allopathy
- As far as which track of medicine can do what, the score is even! Both Osteopaths and Allopaths can be surgeons, pediatricians, general care practitioners, sports medicine specialist, etc. The sole differences between the two fields stand to be the holistic approach that D.O.’s tend to take and the Osteopathic Manipulation they employ.