Who uses a D.O. instead of a Dr.?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by finnigan1229, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. finnigan1229

    finnigan1229 New Member

    I am losing my PA that I have seen for years. I have been thinking of trying a D.O. but am nervous about doing so. I would just like any information good or bad that you can give me at this point. Everything is falling apart . . .
  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    a couple years. Wasn't any different than a GP/MD as far as I could tell.
  3. twerp

    twerp New Member

    I have a DO for my primary care physician. Have had him for a number of years, and like him very much. I found this information re: the difference between an MD and a DO that I thought you might find interesting:

    "There are two types of physicians: M.D.—Doctor of Medicine—and D.O.—Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. M.D.s also are known as allopathic physicians. While both M.D.s and D.O.s may use all accepted methods of treatment, including drugs and surgery, D.O.s place special emphasis on the body’s musculoskeletal system, preventive medicine, and holistic patient care. D.O.s are more likely than M.D.s to be primary care specialists although they can be found in all specialties. About half of D.O.s practice general or family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics."


  4. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    and they were womderful; very holistic in their approach. I understand that they do just as much training.

    Love Anne C
  5. CinCA

    CinCA New Member

    And what previous posters said is correct. They go through the same core training as M.D.s, but they do receive additional emphasis on chiropractic, some "alternative" techniques, etc. For example, my friend's husband operates a clinic where he specializes in occupational medicine and workers' comp injuries. And yes, many PCPs, internists, etc. these days are D.O.s. It has become a much more readily accepted course of study.

    FYI, naturopathic doctors (NDs) also study the same core medical functionality as MDs, if anyone is curious (I see one as my "PCP"). My ND told me the first two years of his study were virtually identical, and then the later years included more in the way of "alternative" remedies...homeopathy, supplements and nutrition, Eastern medical techniques, etc.

    If I had to go back to a "traditional" doctor, I wouldn't hesitate if I found a good D.O. Honestly, to me, the title doesn't matter as much as the person. Hope you can find a good practitioner, and don't give up trying if the first couple don't work out.

    Good luck!
  6. JLH

    JLH New Member

    A PA is a Physician's Assistant and does not have near the training as an actual physician--a D.O. or M.D.

    A D.O. IS a doctor, just like an M.D., they have had the identical medical training, and a D.O. has additional training in manipulation--not chiropractic.

    D.O.'s also do the same internship and residency training as M.D.s and can also do additional fellowships to become orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, cardiologists, peditricians, etc.

    * Here is some additional info re D.O.'s that has been posted before:

    Some question: are they the same as an M.D.? Answer: yes. The are the same--a medical physician--only they have MORE training than a M.D. does. They are also trained in manipulation; however, a lot of them do not use it in their practice. (They are NOT chiropractors, though!)

    Their training is also under a different theory than a M.D. is. It is explained below:

    After completing a four-year degree from an accrediated college, pass the MCAT (Medical College Admittance Test, I think that is what it stands for!!), you can apply to an osteopathic medical school four-year program that results in the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). This is followed by one year of a rotating internship and two to five years of residency, depending upon which specialty is selected.

    You are more than just the sum of your body parts. That’s why doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.s) practice a "whole person" approach to health care. Instead of just treating specific symptoms, osteopathic physicians concentrate on treating you as a whole.

    Osteopathic physicians understand how all the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. They focus special attention on the musculoskeletal system, which reflects and influences the condition of all other body systems.

    This system of bones and muscles makes up about two-thirds of the body’s mass, and a routine part of the osteopathic patient examination is a careful evaluation of these important structures. D.O.s know that the body’s structure plays a critical role in its ability to function. They can use their eyes and hands to identify structural problems and to support the body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing.

    Osteopathic physicians also use their ears-–to listen to you and your health concerns. Doctors of osteopathic medicine help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but help prevent it. Millions of Americans prefer this concerned and compassionate care, and have made D.O.s their doctors for life.

    Osteopathic physicians can, and do, provide a full range of specialties and subspecialties services as practiced in tertiary hospitals. However, most D.O.s choose to go into primary care and practice in rural and medically underserved areas. This accounts for the fact that while D.O.s make up only 7 percent of the physicians in the country, they see over 18 percent of the patients. Each year more than 100 million patient visits are made to D.O.s.

    “D.O.'s, physicians treating patients not just symptoms.”


    P.S. I am proud to say that my daughter is a D.O. (family practice physician). She is currently a senior resident. She is 29 years old and has been going to school non-stop since she was 5 years old!!

    She will complete her residency in June of this year and has already been asked to join a practice close to home!


  7. finnigan1229

    finnigan1229 New Member

    How do I find a good one - what questions do I ask. How do I find out if they have the God mentality or if they will treat and talk to you like a human being and not just another case number. I have been to so many differant doctors in the past 14 years it would make anybody's head spin. There are so many negative things going on in my life right now that I can NOT deal with another jackass at the present. Any ideas???????????????????????????????
  8. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    They actually receive more training in medical school than M.D.'s. They do surgery, deliver babies, and specialize in all the disiplines. There are good M.D.'s and not so good M.D.'s. Same is true with D.O.'s.

    My docs have come from both schools of medicine and are good docs.

    Love, Mikie
  9. patches25

    patches25 New Member

    I have had 3 in my lifetime. The last one was after an auto accident. After a year of MD's, physical therapy, etc and I can tell you that one visit with D.O. he did more for me than months of PT. I did need nearly a year of treatments and care from him but I would still be terribly crippled up if it weren't for this man.

    Also had a DO who turned Ob-gyn and was a great guy too.

    The other DO worked a lot with Klinghart so was really into the allergies, mercury poisoning, and what not. At the time I don't think she was much aware of the Lyme issue.

    DO's have very good education and I would never hesitate to use one as a primary doctor. One thing I really liked was that at no time did I ever get disrespect, or any nasty rude comments.

    Because D.O.'s vary so much in what they like to deal with (just as MD's) you may want to ask questions. One of my doctor's really was good at knowing how to get my muscles and bones in alignment but didn't really do much about allergies, nutritionals. But he really got the pain down with his treatments. If I hadn't moved and had the money, that is one doctor I would still be with. E.
  10. Dee50

    Dee50 New Member

    I use a D.O. and I like him very much. Better than all the family MD's wrapped together that I've seen.lol He cares!
    [This Message was Edited on 02/28/2006]
  11. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I have always heards a DO is as good as MD. When I was at UCLA a doctor heading the fertility clinic had a DO.
  12. wangotango

    wangotango New Member

    i worked with md's and do's so here is what i know. they all have to take the MCAT exam i took it and i applied to md schools and do schools and pa schools so that test covers them all. as far as i could tell from the school's i applied to the courses are all the same or very close the do's do approach a totall body approach.
    i can say this i have very bad cluster headaches and i have to got to an md to get opoid pain meds. i recently moved back to my home town in rural missouri. i see a nurse practioner who works for a do and he told me because of that he cant perscribe pain meeds like i get in the city nor will the do. my primary care md still does surgery and delivers baby's. here is a cool fact chiropracters have twice as many hours in neurology, muscles, and body systems than md's or do's.
  13. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    This sounds more like a decision rather than a law. My old D.O. did not prescribe opiods simply because his malpractice insurance was lower if he didn't.

    Some D.O.'s will do body adjustments and some do not. They all learn how to do them and this is where the extra schooling comes in.

    Where I live, most family practices have both M.D.'s and D.O.'s working together. They make no distinction. Years ago, M.D.'s didn't like D.O.'s and tended to look down on them. That has all changed except for a few hold outs.

    Generally speaking, and I really am being general here, D.O.'s tend to be a bit more holistically inclined than M.D.'s. It really depends on the doc.

    Love, Mikie
  14. bunnyfluff

    bunnyfluff Member

    That is who our family sees for a "family Dr.". They have always been my first choice, because they seem to look more for the cause of the problem, not just give you something to cover it up.

    Case in point-
    My son had terrible ear infections and tonsillitis as a young child for years when we were seeing "regular" Dr's (on an HMO). We got anti-biotics 5 times a year!! Finally we changed insurance and found our new D.O., and he asked if my son had ever been tested for allergies. I said, "No". They custom make the serum for anything that you react to over 100- well some of his reactions were over 9000!!!

    So, the poor kid was suffering from environmental allergies for years, and just being given drugs, and as soon as we started the immunology shots he never has been sick again!~ And the other Dr wanted to take out his tonsils!!!!!

    We had D.O. years ago and he had retired, and it took us forever to find this new guy, but I have nothing but good things to say about the type of treatment we recieve from them. I think their overall approach is far superior.

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