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.