Osteopathic Medicine is a complete and hands-on 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 DO's (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). DO's who are educated in one of the nation’s accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine have the same unlimited scope of medical practice as their counterpart physicians known as MD’s (Medical Doctors – also known as allopathic physicians).
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 manipulative medicine skills (“OMM” in short and “manus” – Latin: the hand).
Through the use of the doctor’s hands additional information is obtained that helps guide the doctor in the process of making as specific and comprehensive a diagnosis as possible and to provide additional treatment options not otherwise available through medications or surgery, for instance.
Of major benefit is the immediate ability of the doctor to evaluate the patient’s response to treatment and thus gauge progress.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine - OMM
Osteopathic manipulative medicine addresses the body’s structural problems – such as muscles, bones, ligaments, fascia and tendons – that are associated with many different conditions. One of the key components of the physician’s task is “search for connections” that may not be readily visible on X-rays, MRI’s, CT-scans or laboatory studies. For instance, a patient suffering from headaches may have a problem in the leg and compensates not to use it so that the muscles in the neck become overly tight. However, not only neck and back pain benefit from OMM, but symptoms referable to the entire body, be it due to orthopedic, neurological or other disease conditions or injuries, 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.
The Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the largest such departments in the US with its highly trained full time faculty involved in the teaching of the next generation of medical students, providing quality medical care and engaging in medical research. One of the advantages for our students is the fact that the faculty is active both in the clinic and scientific investigations and thus is able to bring both the practice and theory of osteopathic medicine together in an applied and meaningful manner.
All of the faculty are board certified in their respective fields, including Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Surgery and Acupuncture.
As the only Osteopathic Medical School on Long Island, and while being one of the largest medical schools in the United States at the same time, our goal is to provide solid comprehensive osteopathic care to the citizens of Nassau and Suffolk County with the aim to
- reduce pain
- improve function
- maximize health
in a way that is most meaningful to each individual patient.
The availability of OMM at NYIT for its Parkinson’s patients is one of the most direct ways of CARING for our patients while diligently working on a cure through our scholarly and research activities.