All Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.s) from Surgeons to family Physicians are trained to use Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) to diagnose, treat and even prevent illness or injury. D.O.s are fully trained and licensed Physicians able to perform surgery and prescribe medication. Sixty-four percent of D.O.s currently practice in the primary-care areas of medicine, although, they can also be found practicing in other medical specialties such as cardiology and neurosurgery.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) is a hands-on treatment in which Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.s) use their hands to examine your back and other parts of your body such as joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles for pain and restriction during motion that could signal an injury or impaired function.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) can be helpful in treating lower-back pain as well as relieving discomfort and/or musculoskeletal abnormalities associated with a number of disorders including asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual pain, sinus disorders and migraines.
People of all ages have found relief from pain and dysfunction as well as improved mobility through Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.). Many D.O.s incorporate Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) into their treatment plans for top athletes, workers with on-the-job injuries, and people who have illnesses and injuries such as asthma and lower-back pain.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) used to diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses, utilizes passive thrusting techniques but also includes a variety of non-thrusting methods designed to affect muscles and soft tissues. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) also optimizes blood circulation to maintain and restore health while other forms of manipulation tend to focus more on spinal misalignment interfering with nerve transmission.
A D.O.'s decision to use Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) is made on a visit-by-visit basis depending on the condition of the patient at the time of each visit. This leads to significantly fewer visits compared with other providers that use manipulation.
Your structural exam will begin with an assessment of your posture, spine, and balance. Your D.O. will then use his fingers to palpate your back and extremities. He will then check your joints for restriction and/or pain during motion and your muscles, tendons, and ligaments where tenderness can signal a problem. Using a variety of Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) techniques, your D.O. will apply manual forces to your body's affected areas to treat structural abnormalities and will then apply specific corrective forces to relieve joint restrictions and misalignments. Based upon complexity or severity of your problem, you may require more than one treatment.
Study in the New England Journal of Medicine Shows Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (O.M.T.) to be Effective
A study published in the November 4, 1999 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine shows Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) to be an effective form of medical treatment and with lower costs and fewer side-effects. Patients participating in the study were divided into two groups. One group was treated with standard options for lower-back pain such as anti-inflammatory medication, active physical therapy and hot/cold packs. Patients in the other group were treated with standard care and Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.). The study showed that both groups improved over a 12-week period. However, the patients who received Osteopathic manipulative treatment (O.M.T.) required significantly less medication and used less therapy, resulting in lower costs and fewer side-effects.
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