Osteopathic medicine in the United States

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Osteopathic medicine' is a branch of the medical profession in the United States.

DO's[edit | edit source]

Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are licensed to practice medicine and surgery in all 50 states and are recognized in sixty other countries, including all Canadian provinces.

Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive branch of the medical profession primarily rooted in the United States. Emphasizing a holistic approach to patient care, osteopathic medicine integrates conventional treatments with manipulative medicine techniques.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Osteopathic physicians, commonly designated as D.O.s, are fully licensed to practice medicine and surgery across all 50 states in the U.S. Moreover, their recognition extends beyond the borders of the United States, with sixty other countries, encompassing all provinces in Canada, acknowledging their expertise and capabilities.

Osteopathic Principles and Practices[edit | edit source]

Osteopathic medicine hinges on the fundamental belief that the body is a unified whole and possesses intrinsic capabilities for self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance. D.O.s undergo specialized training in the musculoskeletal system, equipping them with knowledge about the body's interconnected system of nerves, muscles, and bones. This understanding informs their holistic approach, where they may employ osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) alongside conventional treatments.

Osteopathic Medical Schools[edit | edit source]

Pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine necessitates dedicated training at an accredited osteopathic medical school. Here is a comprehensive list of osteopathic medical schools:

Summary[edit | edit source]

Osteopathic medicine, with its holistic and integrative approach, offers a unique perspective within the broader realm of medical practices. Recognized both nationally and internationally, D.O.s play an integral role in healthcare, delivering patient-centered care that aligns with the body's natural healing abilities.


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