DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. A DO is a fully trained physician who
prescribes drugs, performs surgery and selectively utilizes all accepted scientific
methods of treatment to maintain and restore health. DOs graduate from colleges of
osteopathic medicine and are qualified to be licensed to practice all specialties
of medicine and surgery in all 50 states.
DOs employ the osteopathic philosophy which states that osteopathic physicians treat
disease in the context of the whole person, considering the function and interrelation
of all body systems, as well as factors such as nutrition, environment and psychology.
The musculoskeletal system can impede essential blood and nerve supply. To correct
disorders that arise from this and restore proper functioning, DOs use manipulative
therapy as an additional modality of treatment.
Learn more about osteopathic medicine or the difference between a MD and DO degree.