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Who are osteopathic doctors and what kind of pain do they treat?

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Although they’re similar to medical doctors (they have also gone to medical school, but have DO after their names instead of MD), osteopathic doctors get extra training in the musculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, muscles, and bones. As a result, they can help figure out how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect others.

How to find one: Go to the web site of the American Osteopathic Association (www.osteopathic.org).

From: 8 Specialists Who Treat Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "FAQs about PM&R," "Conditions & Treatments."

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Orthopaedics."

American College of Rheumatology: "What is a Rheumatologist?" 

American Chiropractic Association:  "Frequently Asked Questions."

American Physical Therapy Association: "Who Are Physical Therapists?"

The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc.: "Patients & Clients."

American Osteopathic Association: "What is a DO?"

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: "The specialty of chronic pain management."

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Analysis Shows Americans Are In Pain." 

UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine:  "How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion and Emotional Well-being."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 24, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "FAQs about PM&R," "Conditions & Treatments."

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Orthopaedics."

American College of Rheumatology: "What is a Rheumatologist?" 

American Chiropractic Association:  "Frequently Asked Questions."

American Physical Therapy Association: "Who Are Physical Therapists?"

The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc.: "Patients & Clients."

American Osteopathic Association: "What is a DO?"

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: "The specialty of chronic pain management."

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Analysis Shows Americans Are In Pain." 

UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine:  "How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion and Emotional Well-being."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 24, 2018

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