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What can osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) treat?

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Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) often use OMT to relieve pain. This technique may also ease migraines.

OMT can also treat:

Depending on your case, your DO may find that you also need other treatments, such as medicine or surgery.

  • Shoulder problems
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Knee problems

SOURCES:

Boyd R. Buser, DO, vice president for health affairs and dean, University of Pikeville-Kentucky; president-elect, American Osteopathic Association.

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: “What is Osteopathic Medicine?”

American Osteopathic Association: “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Osteopathic Manipulation.”

UW Integrative Medicine, University of Wisconsin: “Myofascial Release.”

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: “Philadelphia Department of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Jakel, A. , December 2011. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Prinsen, J. February 2014. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association,

Williams, N. , July 2003. Family Practice

Hensel, K. , January 2015. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Posadzki. , July 2013. Pediatrics

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chiropractic: An Introduction.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Boyd R. Buser, DO, vice president for health affairs and dean, University of Pikeville-Kentucky; president-elect, American Osteopathic Association.

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: “What is Osteopathic Medicine?”

American Osteopathic Association: “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Osteopathic Manipulation.”

UW Integrative Medicine, University of Wisconsin: “Myofascial Release.”

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: “Philadelphia Department of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Jakel, A. , December 2011. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Prinsen, J. February 2014. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association,

Williams, N. , July 2003. Family Practice

Hensel, K. , January 2015. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Posadzki. , July 2013. Pediatrics

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Chiropractic: An Introduction.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 26, 2018

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