A 43-year-old member asked:

Do osteopathic doctors practice all types of alternative medicines?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: It honestly depends on the amount of training of the osteopathic physician and their willingness to employ different alternative medicine therapies. Some osteopathic physicians do not practice any alternative medicine. Again it depends on the D.O.'s practice and specialty and background post graduate training.
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Dr. Luke Kane
Dr. Luke Kaneanswered
7 years experience
Scope of Practice: Us osteopathic physicians have a full license to practice medicine. Their training includes additional physical medicine components as well as a holistic philosophy. Depending on the specialty training the individual doctor pursues, they may incorporate it into their practice. For instance, some osteopaths may use acupuncture or prolotherapy if they are additionally trained in those techniques.
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Last updated May 10, 2016

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