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Doctor insights on: Doctors Of Osteopathic Vs Medical Doctors

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What is an allopathic doctor vs. An osteopathic doc?

MD vs DO: Allopathic refers to md degree. Osteopathic physicians are granted a do degree. Equal legal status in usa. Do basic training includes all md curriculum plus holistic philosophy and omt (osteopathic manual treatment). Majority of do are in primary care. Majority of md go on to specialties. Read more

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Do osteopathic doctors practice all types of alternative medicines?

Do osteopathic doctors practice all types of alternative medicines?

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. Read more

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Are osteopathic doctors covered the same ways mds are by my insurance plan?

Are osteopathic doctors covered the same ways mds are by my insurance plan?

Yes: Osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice medicine the same way that md's are licensed and have the same coverage by insurances just as any other physician. However, most do's under insurance plans are usually board certified and I would look to this as a qualification as well. Read more

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Do osteopathic doctors have an md?

Do osteopathic doctors have an md?

Not usually.: Medical doctors have an md degree. Doctors of osteopathy have do degrees, and have the same privileges and complete medical school training (often with the same textbooks) as mds, but dos practice a more holistic type of medicine and perform more hands-on therapies like spinal adjustment. Chiropractors (dc degree) cannot prescribe medications nor perform surgery. Od is doctor of optometry degree. Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a doctor of osteopathy?

Docs can you explain what is a doctor of osteopathy?

Physician USA: With full licensing equal to md, with a more holistic philosophical approach and trained to use their hands to diagnosis and treat via omt - osteopathic manipulative treatment can specialize like mds with residency training. Read more

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What is an osteopathic physician, do (doctor of osteopathic medicine)?

What is an osteopathic physician, do (doctor of osteopathic medicine)?

Holistic doctor: Osteopathic physician in usa receive all the training of md colleagues, but in the context of an osteopathic holistic philosophy, which looks to promote health, and does so through osteopathic hands on manipulative manual treatment. Read more

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Can a doctor of osteopathy /omt correct a pinched nerve?

Can a doctor of osteopathy /omt correct a pinched nerve?

As long as he is: Trained as a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon if you are seeking surgical treatment otherwise for non operative care treatment can be sought from an osteopath. Read more

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Can osteopathic doctors perform upper cervical manipulation like chiropractors do?

Can osteopathic doctors perform upper cervical manipulation like chiropractors do?

OMT: Osteopathic physicians who perform omt can do so for cervical, thoracic and lumbar region pain. They can also prescribe any medications appropriate to assist with your recovery. It all depends on their level of training and expertise. Read more

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What to do if I just started using a doctor of osteopathy. How are they different from a regular md?

Perspective: The difference between mds (allopathic) and dos (osteopathic) is a matter of opinion. There are those who believe there's no practical difference. Mds & dos practice the same medicine & surgery and train in the same hospitals sometimes. Then there are those who tout the do's "holistic" approach which, having worked alongside dos for 10 years now, I have yet to see. There is no difference. Read more

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Does an osteopathic doctor use herbal remedies more often than pills to treat patients?

Does an osteopathic doctor use herbal remedies more often than pills to treat patients?

Possibly: All osteopathic physicians are trained in standard medicine. "herbs and natural remedies" are not part of their medical curriculum, and any claimed expertise in this area is entirely outside the realm of a standard physician's education. Having said that, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that dos on average prescribe fewer medications than mds. Read more

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Can a Doctor of Osteopathy be considered as my primary care doctor, family doctor, or as an internist? Do they prescribe HTN medications, as necessary?

Can a Doctor of Osteopathy be considered as my primary care doctor, family doctor, or as an internist? Do they prescribe HTN medications, as necessary?

Yes: Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) are not limited to D.O. residencies, and can train alongside allopathic physicians (M.D.) in allopathic residency programs. There has been a convergence in philosophies over the years, and the differences between a D.O and an M.D. have become much more subtle. Read more

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Osteopathy and myocardosis are medical terms referring to what?

Osteopathy and myocardosis are medical terms referring to what?

Osteopathy/myocardos: Osteopathy:a type of alternative medicine. It is an alternative medical approach emphasizing the physical manipulation of the muscle tissue and bones.
myocardosis: Symptomatic signs of cardiac disease without any discoverable pathological lesion Read more

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How do you check a doctors medical license if not affiliated with ama?

How do you check a doctors medical license if not affiliated with ama?

State website: Go to google and search for your state's medical board - i.e. Florida board of medicine. On that site, there will be a link somewhere for doctor/physician search or licensee search. Input your doctor's name. The site will list the license number, status of license, medical malpractice history, and disciplinary history. Some state websites may list additional information like education. Read more

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Do doctors like or dislike Medical/Medicare compared to other insurance?

Do doctors like or dislike Medical/Medicare compared to other insurance?

Insurance: Reimbursement can be less for Medicaid and Medicare compared to other 3rd party payers. Most practices accept a variet of types of insurance. Read more