D.O.'s (Doctors of Osteopath) vs. M.D.'s

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by yellowbo, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. yellowbo

    yellowbo New Member

    I am pretty much over my doctor (M.D. and rhuemetologist). Many people have reccomended going to a D.O. SO I found one that is covered by my insurance.

    Do any of you have anything to tell me about D.O.'s Love them hate them?

    Thanks!
  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    they are the same as an MD. Some good, some bad, but same medical privileges.

    Only one difference really: They originally adjusted, similar to chiropractors, but now do not UNLESS they elect to take classes in it.

    I know and go to several osteopaths, 3 out of 4 know how to adjust.

    Hope this helps?!

    all the best,
    Victoria





    [This Message was Edited on 11/16/2006]
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    And this is really generalizing here, D.O.'s are usually a bit more holistic in their approach, unless they are specialists. My PCP is a D.O. as was the orthopedic surgeon who did delicate surgery on my bicep tendon rupture.

    Both M.D.'s and D.O.'s take the same courses in medical school. As Victoria pointed out, D.O.'s also learn to do body adjustments but not all of them practice adjusting.

    There are good and bad docs of all kinds. I've been lucky to have good docs, both M.D.'s and D.O.'s.

    Love, Mikie
  4. bct

    bct Well-Known Member

    I felt very good about her. She gave me a very good lumbar puncture (spinal-tap), and I wouldn't hesitate to see her again.

    Barry
  5. suz45

    suz45 New Member

    Hi yellowbo:

    I have mostly seen DOs throughout my adult life, the first two were great practiced and treated the person as a whole. My first DO did prescribe meds but he also utilized manipulation similar to chiro and looked at the whole person. The second doctor delivered my two girls and also was more open minded easier to talk to and used altertives during my pregnancy when my back was hurting. The first DO handled my original back injury.

    By the time i moved again the third DO i thought was more like an MD he did dx my FM and MPS but offered trigger point injections did not even consider manipulation or other technigues taught at osteopathic hospitals. I also happened to be a counselor in a psych unit at a teaching hospital for osreopathic physcians so I knew what to look for.

    I know see an MD and if its a back or trigger point or my MPS he is in full agreement for me to utilize a chiro to help with the pain.

    There aresome good DO's out there you just have to do your homework and make sure they use techniques that are part of the training for Osteopathic medicine, otherwise if its back pain or joint pain I would consider a chiro trained in either rehab chiro med or chronic pain. I know I like my DC.

    Good luck,

    Suz45
  6. meowee

    meowee New Member

    MY PCP is an OD and I wouldn't trade him for a boatload of MDs. He is great.
  7. yellowbo

    yellowbo New Member

    The one I chose came highly reccomended! He is very old school and even teaches. VERY VERY hands on, and is very good with CFS and FM.

    It's funny, but for the first time in a very long time, I feel like I am on the right path health wise. I am starting a liver cleansing fast (3DAYS) tomorrow, I see my accupuncurist tomorrow morning. OHHHHH RELEIF for a little while! LOL!

    I will keep you all posted on my D.O. situation. I am so excited!

    O.K. as a side note, please pray for my husband and daughter as I KNOW for a fact with this fast I am going to be B I T C H Y! LOL!
  8. Cakeart

    Cakeart New Member

    I have moved often, and therefore have been to far more doctors than average, and each of the D.O.s have turned out to be losers. I am married to an M.D., and when we moved the first time and I wanted to try a D.O. hubby was fine with that, feeling that the training was comparable. Well, I have had my share of winners and losers in the physician department, and all the winners were M.D.s, while some of the losers were M.D., most of the losers were D.O.s. Also, my husband's medical group employs both, and they have had to let go three D.O.s in the past two years do to imcompetence, poor exam charting, and one of them even abandoned patients needing care. I know there are some great D.O., and we are friends with several D.O., but our experience on the patient end of the stethescope has been lamentable. So I won't go to a D.O anymore.
    Hugs, Cakeart
  9. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    I was first diagnosed by a DO and do prefer DOs to MDs because I feel more comfortable with DOs but that is just me.

    The DO I have now is fantastic -- I don't know what I would do without her.

    Here is a little information that may help:

    DOs and MDs are alike in many ways:

    Both DO and MD typically have a four-year undergraduate degree with an emphasis on science courses.

    Both DOs and MDs complete four years of basic medical education.

    After medical school, both DOs and MDs can choose to practice in a specialty area of medicine—such as psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics, or sports medicine—after completing a residency program
    (typically two to six years of additional training).


    Both DOs and MDs must pass comparable state licensing examinations.


    DOs and MDs both practice in fully accredited and licensed hospitals and medical centers.

    Both are medical doctors

    MD is specifically Doctor of Medicine

    DO is Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

    What Makes DOs Different?

    DOs can perform surgery, child delivery, treat patients, and prescribe medications in hospitals and clinic settings.


    DOs look at the "total person." Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive care.

    Instead of just treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they look at the whole body.

    DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, which is comprised of the nerves, muscles, and bones.

    This training gives DOs a better understanding of how an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another part of the body; therefore, DOs have a therapeutic and diagnostic advantage.

    DOs use what is called osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OMT is a technique in which the DOs use their hands to diagnose injury and illness, giving special attention to the joints, bones, muscles, and nerves.

    Manipulations improve circulation, which in turn, creates a normal nerve and blood supply, enabling the body to heal itself.

    Best of luck,

    Karen :)