What is a D.O.?

There are two kinds of physicians in the U.S.. D.O. (Dr. of Osteopathy) and M.D (allopathic physicians) Both D.O.s and M.D.s are fully qualified physicians that are licensed to treat patients in the United States.

Osteopathic Physicians attend different four-year medical schools. The D.O.s education focuses on treatment of the total person, instead of the disease alone. Many D.O.s specialize in Primary Care. Both M.D.s and D.O.s complete the same amount of basic medical education. After medical school both can choose to complete a residency (usually two to six years) in a specialty area of medicine. D.O.s and M.D.s both must past state licensing examinations. Both practice in fully accredited hospitals other facilities.

Osteopathy stresses the central role of the muscular and skeletal systems and normal body mechanics for good health, considering such factors as nutrition and mental health in addition to physical symptoms of illness.

Manipulation with the hands, the main healing technique of osteopathy is safe and effective. Osteopathic manipulation is proving to be particularly effective in treating lower back pain.

The fundamental principles of osteopathic medicine were formulated in 1874 by American physician Andrew Taylor Still, who established the first osteopathic medical school at Kirksville, Missouri, in 1892. Today 16 accredited osteopathic medical schools and more than 200 osteopathic hospitals operate in the United States.

Dr. Clark performing osteopathic manipulation

Bob Clark D.O. practices family medicine at CPC-Evans. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Philadelphia. He has a special interest in preventive health and holistic medicine. He is available for appointments Mon-8:30-8:00, Tue 8:30-5:00, Wed 8:30-12n, Thurs 8:30-5:00, Fri 8:30-5:00.

Call Center For Primary Care-Evans at 706-650-7563 to schedule an appointment.

Contact Dr. Clark at rclark@cpcfp.com

For more online information about Osteopathy:

The Student Doctor Network :http://osteopathic.com/ocom.html

Osteopathy Is Proving to Be a Low-Cost Alternative for Lower Back Pain
WebMD Medical News

American Osteopathic Association: http://www.aoa-net.org/

Osteopathy,” Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2001
http://encarta.msn.com 1997-2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

D.O.s: Physicians Treating People, Not Just Symptoms
2001 American Osteopathic Association
Osteopathy Is Proving to Be a Low-Cost Alternative for Lower Back Pain

By Mike Fillon, MS
WebMD Medical News