Your musculoskeletal system is made up of bones, nerves and muscles that all work together. An injury or illness can affect how these parts work. Osteopathic manipulation is one of the hands-on methods for the diagnosis of injury or illness. This helps the doctor understand what is going on with the patient’s immediate problem as well as his/her overall health.
Osteopaths are trained to diagnose a patient’s symptoms in relation to the whole body. They receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system. Osteopathic physicians treat the symptoms, and at the same time, the underlying reason for the symptoms. The parts affect the whole body in one way or another.
In the case of intractable pain, the doctor can apply osteopathic manipulative techniques as well as nerve blocks or trigger point injections. Other tools such as muscle stimulation (similar to a TENS unit), warm ultrasound therapy along with anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, massage therapy and a variety of other modalities are available. These are also customized according to the patient’s needs.
Patient wellness is the goal. Each patient has unique medical issues that need to be approached with a caring demeanor, personal warmth and skilled hands. The doctor also uses his eyes and ears to help assess the total picture of a patient’s health. He will consider the environmental, emotional and mental status that affect the patient’s wellness.