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What is osteopathic medicine?
Osteopathic medicine is a complete system of medical care. The philosophy is to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. Osteopathic physicians emphasize the interrelationships of structure and function and the appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself.

Is osteopathic medicine considered alternative medicine?
No, osteopathic medicine is not alternative at all. In fact, osteopathic medicine has a history of 125 years. It is a complete system of medical care founded on the philosophy of treating the whole person. Just like medical doctors (MDs), doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) are fully trained and licensed medical physicians. Requirements to become an osteopathic physicians include attending an accredited osteopathic medical school following a typical four-year undergraduate education. Our philosophy of patient-focused care allows DOs to provide comprehensive health care while also making you feel well cared for.

Who practices osteopathic medicine?
Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) practice this distinct field of medicine. DOs and MDs are the only physicians in the United States who are fully trained and hold unrestricted licenses to perform surgery and prescribe medicine.