There are two types of physicians licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the Western Hemisphere – MD’s (Doctor of Allopathic medicine) and DO’s (Doctor of Osteopathic medicine). In addition to receiving all the same medical and surgical training as MD’s, DO’s also receive extensive training with hands-on care (Osteopathic Manual Medicine, or OMM). OMM involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
Dr. Bernstein employs numerous techniques including: HVLA, Craniosacral therapy, Muscle Energy, and Strain-Counterstrain. Additionally, some form of therapeutic exercise is usually prescribed to maximize each patient’s response. Dr. Bernstein may also order various types of diagnostic tests, prescribe medication as appropriate, and create an individualized cohesive treatment plan upon reaching a diagnosis that may include physical therapy, yoga therapy, nutritional assessment, diagnostic/therapeutic injections.
As a result of their unique training, Osteopathic physicians tend to be somewhat more “holistic” in their approach of diagnosis and treatment with their patients. DO’s practice in all aspects of medicine and surgery including Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Pain Medicine, OB/GYN, Family Practice, & Pediatrics to name just a few. There are no limits on the scope of Osteopathic physicians’ medical practices and you will find DO’s on the medical staff of most hospitals across the country and serving in the military.
For more info: www.osteopathic.org