The College of Osteopathic Medicine is pleased to announce the opening of a new clinic facility in Suffolk County. The Family Health Care Center has been relocated to 267 Carleton Ave, Central Islip. The new complex will provide our existing patients and the Central Islip community an even broader spectrum of clinical service.
The services at the new site, delivered by our board certified physicians and licensed health professionals will include:
- Family Medicine
- General Internal Medicine
- Clinical Psychology
- Breast Health Services
- Genetic Counseling
- Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Osteopathic Medicine is a complete system of medical care with a philosophy that combines the needs of the patient with current practices of medicine, surgery and obstetrics. Treating the body as a unit, it emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function with a particular appreciation for the body's ability to heal itself.
In the US, Osteopathic Medicine is currently practiced by nearly 60,000 D.O.'s (doctor of osteopathic medicine). DO's who are educated in one of the nation’s 25 colleges of osteopathic medicine have the same unlimited scope of medical practice as MD.s (medical doctors).
One of the major differences between DO’s and MD’s is that DO’s receive additional education in the art and science of medical diagnosis and treatment using osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) skills.
Osteopathic Manual Medicine
Osteopathic manual medicine diagnoses and treats the body’s structural problems associated with many different conditions. Not only neck and back pain benefit from OMM, but the entire body, be it due to orthopedic, neurological or other conditions, where the goal is to reverse or slow down progression of the disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a prime example, since OMM can alleviate various symptoms associated with the body’s tight muscles and stiffness, and therefore helps mobility and overall function.
As the only Osteopathic Medical School on Long Island, we are at the forefront of providing comprehensive osteopathic care with the goal to reduce pain, improve function and maximize health.
Osteopathic Family practitioners are board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Family Medicine is medical care provided by a primary care physician who takes on the responsibilities for the health care of all members in a family. Through this approach to medical care, physicians are able to establish a lasting relationship with patients based on genuine care and concern for the well-being of a family. In addition, this model of care helps a physician and patient view his or her environment’s impact on his or her health.
In caring for the patient as a whole the family physician stresses health care maintenance and patient education, diagnoses illnesses, undertakes treatment, and institutes follow-up care. Patient’s family physician provides the majority of health care services. Should a patient’s ailment go beyond the scope of Family Medicine training, Family Physicians are able to give referrals to various specialists for further diagnostic work-up while still caring for the patient on a regular basis.