Many of us are familiar with the term Doctor of Osteopathic (DO), but you may not know how this medical philosophy affects diagnosis and treatment methods an osteopathic doctor uses to care for you. Osteopathic doctors use a hands-on, whole-patient approach that considers all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle in creating a treatment plan. Rather than treat symptoms, a DO will consider your level of fitness, dietary habits, stress level and other factors in treating the underlying cause of your pain or illness. Osteopathic medicine is based upon the philosophy that all parts of the body are connected and depend upon each other for proper healing and function. When there is a problem with the bones, muscles or joints, function in that area may be affected, leading to compensation and abnormal pressures putting additional strain and pressure on nearby parts of your body. Over time, this loss of normal function interferes with your body’s ability to heal itself, leading to pain and disease. When studying to become osteopathic physicians, students are trained to use their hands to diagnose and resolve issues with the body’s musculoskeletal system, using a series of techniques are known as Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT). Through a series of gentle manipulations, including stretching, resistance and gentle pressure, osteopathic physicians can detect and treat issues that affect your overall health and function within just a few visits—typically without drugs or surgery.
Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy has been shown to provide fast and lasting relief for those who suffer from chronic lower back pain, migraine headaches, sinus issues, athletes with sports injuries and performance issues, upper back pain, teens with growing pains and those who suffer from chronic pain in the knees, wrists, elbows and hips. Because OMT treats the underlying cause of your pain, rather than symptoms, issues generally do not return one you have undergone treatment.
At Osteopathic Health Care Associates, we are proud to be the home of the area’s only board-certified doctor of internal medicine who practices OMT exclusively. Dr. Shane Patterson and our caring staff are here to listen to your concerns, address your pain and help you achieve optimum health through hands-on manipulation, nutritional therapies, proven medicinal treatments and patient education. We know you are in pain and we can help. Experience a better way to care for your health—mentally, physically and spiritually. Call 586.221.2791 or fill out the form in the sidebar today to schedule an appointment at Osteopathic Health Care Associates.