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Looking for a New Doctor? Start with a DO

Medical doctors (MDs) dominate the market, but they are not the only option. Each year more and more Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) enter the market.

Both DOs and MDs are fully licensed physicians who can practice in any medical specialty. In addition to their medical training, DOs also receive special training in the musculoskeletal system. They use this training to treat the pain or disease that is causing immediate problems for the patient.

DOs have been treating patients and supporting healthy lifestyles since the early 1890s, and can now be found in some of the most prominent medical institutions including the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. Learn more about DOs and the osteopathic approach to medicine by visiting www.DoctorsThatDO.org.

 

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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.