Is a doctor of osteopathy a real doctor?
Yes. Both osteopathic physicians and medical doctors are fully qualified physicians licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery. They are alike in many ways:

  • ​Applicants to both D.O. and M.D. medical colleges typically have four-year undergraduate degrees with an emphasis on scientific courses.
  • Both complete four years of basic medical education.
  • After medical school, both obtain graduate medical education through such programs as internships and residencies. This training typically lasts three to six years and prepares D.O.s and M.D.s to practice a specialty, such as pediatrics, family practice, psychiatry, surgery or obstetrics.
  • Osteopathic physicians and medical doctors must pass comparable examinations to obtain state licenses.
Why choose an osteopath?
Together, D.O.s and M.D.s enhance the health care landscape. While osteopathic colleges train D.O.s in the use of drugs and surgery, they balance that teaching with a focus on the body’s ability to heal itself when provided with appropriate non-invasive, hands-on techniques.

What’s the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor?
Chiropractors and osteopaths are both medical professionals who treat patients with a focus on the musculoskeletal system. Unlike an osteopath, who is a fully qualified medical doctor, a chiropracter's expertise is limited to manipulation and adjustment of the spinal column and other joints.

Will my insurance cover treatment by a D.O.?
Osteopathic care is covered by medical insurance. In addition to health insurance, we also accept no-fault automotive insurance. We can provide you with documentation of your injury, physical limitations, capabilities and prognosis for returning to normal activities of daily living.
We can assist you with verifying your insurance coverage.
We have also provided expert witness testimony for patients with soft tissue injuries, as our board certification assures we have expansive physiological knowledge in this area.

Want to learn more?
Learn more about osteopathic manipulation from the American Osteopathic Association and the American Academy of Osteopathy.
For more information on board certification in neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM), visit the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.