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Learning more about Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs)

Learning more about Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs)

By John Lee, DO, Methodist Family Medicine - Atkinson

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are U.S. trained and can prescribe medications, perform surgery, and pursue medical specialties in the same manner that allopathic physicians (MDs) do. While both are fully licensed physicians, trained in diagnosing and treating illnesses and disorders, and in providing preventive care, DO’s study an alternative 200-hour course that includes osteopathic philosophy, practices and principles.

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or OMT?
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a set of hands-on techniques used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, pressure and resistance.

What are the benefits of OMT?
The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. The goal of OMT is to address the physical dysfunction either by treating the lesion or by manipulating the body in such a way that allows the musculoskeletal system to correct itself. Oftentimes, OMT is used in conjunction with traditional medical care and has been shown to reduce pain, the need for and extent of pharmaceutical drug use and recovery time.

What can patients expect during an initial visit with a DO?
After covering the patient’s medical history, factors including home, work and family life will be discussed. Next, a physical exam will be completed and tests will be ordered as deemed necessary by the physician. A structural exam will follow, starting with checking posture, spine and balance. A head-to-toe screening examination will check the patient’s joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Lastly, the physician will consider the results of your exam and formulate a treatment plan, which may include traditional medical therapies and OMT.

About Dr. John Lee
John Lee, DO, provides care at Methodist Family Medicine in the Atkinson building located at 1413 North Elm Street in Henderson. Dr. Lee completed his residency training through Methodist Health’s Osteopathic Family Practice Program in partnership with the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee, call 270-827-8662.