Osteopathic Physician, D.O.
Duties and Responsibilities: They will initially take your medical history and ask about your personal life, including your diet, evaluate your health risks, including history of smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, stress levels, and other factors. The D.O. will check your posture and spine, your balance and will feel your back, hands, and feet. The D.O. will check your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments for any irregularities. The D.O. then provides the patient with a treatment plan and/or educates the patient on how to change unhealthy behaviors and the repercussions if they do not change.]
Education: An osteopath receives education emphasizing primary care or comprehensive patient care. The education of an osteopath teaches not only how to treat illness but how to prevent illness. They are additionally trained to treat illness with osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OMT consists of a physician using their hands to diagnose and treat illness and injury. This can be used as a complement or replacement to drugs and surgery. Examples of OMT include moving a joint in a direction it is resisting to increase the range and freedom of the joint’s movement and stretching and controlling a specific point to correct imbalances of the nervous system and relieve pain. In the United States there are 26 colleges of osteopathic medicine accredited by the Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
Reflection: i think id try to be one