Osteopathic Medicine Specialist

CrossRoads Family Medicine

Family Medicine Physicians & Internist located in Campbellsville, KY

If you’re looking for a more holistic approach to your medical treatment, Dr. Jerome Dixon, Dr. Kevan Graves, Dr. Troy Nelson, and the team at CrossRoads Family Medicine offer you comprehensive osteopathic care. Whether your symptoms are new or recurring, the doctors will examine your body as a whole to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. If you live in or around Campbellsville, Kentucky, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office directly.

Osteopathic Medicine Q & A

What is osteopathic medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a type of medical practice that focuses on treating the body as a whole. Osteopathic doctors are trained in all medical specialties and take into account many factors before making a diagnosis, including:

  • Lifestyle
  • Environment
  • Multiple body system connections

 

The focus is on looking outside the box to determine a comprehensive treatment that will not only help your immediate symptoms, but also prevent possible future issues. The American Osteopathic Association lists this four-tenet approach for doctors with osteopathic degrees:

  1. “The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.”
  2. “The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.”
  3. “Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.”
  4. “Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.”

 

Today 1 out of every 4 four medical students is studying osteopathic medicine.

 

What’s the difference between an MD and a DO?

Both Doctors of Medicine (MDs) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are licensed physicians similarly educated in medicine, but the differences lie in their practice philosophy and training.

Medical doctors train more traditionally than osteopathic doctors. Their emphasis is on treating sickness. After medical school, they complete a residency program to specialize in a specific area of medicine.

Osteopathic doctors are trained to look at your mind, body, and spirit. They take a more holistic approach, emphasizing prevention and the body’s ability to self-heal. They prescribe medicine and perform surgery when necessary, but their focus is on the underlying cause of your symptoms, rather than only looking at what’s apparent in the exam room.

Osteopathic doctors are specially trained in the musculoskeletal system, and how your nerves, muscles, and bones are connected..

 

What is OMT?

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is a practice specific to osteopathic doctors. During OMT, doctors use their hands to manipulate your joints and muscles. This can be done by:

  • Stretching
  • Resistance
  • Gentle pressure

 

Through this technique, DOs are able to diagnose, treat, and promote self-healing. Depending on your condition, it can either complement or replace surgery and drugs. OMT can be used on anyone and can treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Pain
  • Decreased mobility
  • Asthma
  • Migraines
  • Menstrual pain
  • Sinus disorders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

 

To book an evaluation with one of our highly qualified osteopathic doctors at CrossRoads Family Medicine, schedule an appointment through the online system, or call the office.