Osteopathic Medicine in Washington, DC
Some forms of medical care choose to treat diseases, sickness and illnesses. While treating conditions is a way to provide some relief, treating the patient and identifying the root cause behind those medical problems has been shown to be a more comprehensive approach. That's the foundational belief behind Osteopathic Medicine.
For an osteopathy consultation, please call (703) 215-2795 or contact Dr. Andrew Heyman online.
What is Osteopathy?
Those who practice osteopathic medicine are called Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). Like Doctors of Medicine (MD), osteopathic physicians are trained, licensed and have all the same abilities to prescribe treatment, provide prescriptions and perform surgery.
Where the two approaches differ is their focus. Medical doctors set the sights on treating illnesses and conditions, and often have a very specific focus on a certain type of medicine. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, on the other hand, focus on treating the whole patient.
That's because osteopathic medicine prioritizes preventive and comprehensive care. Osteopathic physicians understand that the entire body is linked, and as such, a patient's health encompasses their entire being.
Is Osteopathy the Same as Chiropractic Care?
No. While some Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine make use of osteopathic manipulative treatment to diagnose and treat patients, the two disciplines are not related. Osteopathic medicine indeed emphasizes the musculoskeletal system, but it does so acknowledging the role it plays in treating the entire patient.
Unlike chiropractors, osteopathic physicians can focus on in all areas of medicine. Many DOs choose to focus on primary care or internal medicine, but some Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine also choose to direct their attention toward things like oncology, radiology and even psychiatry.
Have Comprehensive Care
For patients seeking complete, comprehensive care, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine may be just what you need. Osteopathic medicine treats the patient, not the disease. Because DOs choose to look at a patient's entire being instead of just what ails them, osteopathy is all-encompassing.
For more information about osteopathic medicine or to schedule a consultation, please call (703) 215-2795 or contact Dr. Andrew Heyman online.
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