By John Lee, DO,
Methodist Family Medicine - Atkinson
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are U.S. trained and can prescribe
medications, perform surgery, and pursue medical specialties in the same
manner that allopathic physicians (MDs) do. While both are fully licensed
physicians, trained in diagnosing and treating illnesses and disorders,
and in providing preventive care, DO’s study an alternative 200-hour
course that includes osteopathic philosophy, practices and principles.
What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or OMT?
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a set of hands-on techniques
used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat and prevent illness
or injury. Using OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints
using techniques that include stretching, pressure and resistance.
What are the benefits of OMT?
The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall
mobility. The goal of OMT is to address the physical dysfunction either
by treating the lesion or by manipulating the body in such a way that
allows the musculoskeletal system to correct itself. Oftentimes, OMT is
used in conjunction with traditional medical care and has been shown to
reduce pain, the need for and extent of pharmaceutical drug use and recovery time.
What can patients expect during an initial visit with a DO?
After covering the patient’s medical history, factors including
home, work and family life will be discussed. Next, a physical exam will
be completed and tests will be ordered as deemed necessary by the physician.
A structural exam will follow, starting with checking posture, spine and
balance. A head-to-toe screening examination will check the patient’s
joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Lastly, the physician will consider
the results of your exam and formulate a treatment plan, which may include
traditional medical therapies and OMT.
About Dr. John Lee
John Lee, DO, provides care at Methodist Family Medicine in the Atkinson building located
at 1413 North Elm Street in Henderson. Dr. Lee completed his residency
training through Methodist Hospital’s Osteopathic Family Practice
Program in partnership with the University of Pikeville Kentucky College
of Osteopathic Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee, call