Number of Osteopathic Physicians in US Up by 40 Percent since 2010

 

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Former chiropractor Anthony Marsh, DC, has served as medical director at the Osteopathic Medicine, Pain and Rehabilitation Institute in New Jersey since 2011. Over the course of his career as a chiropractor and medical director, Anthony Marsh has become a member of numerous industry organizations, including the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) operates with a primary goal of furthering the capabilities and effectiveness of all osteopathic practitioners, an ethos that extends to the organization’s certification programs. As more individuals pursue careers in osteopathy, the demand for effective, innovative training continues to grow.

According to the latest physician census by the Federation of State Medical Boards, the number of licensed doctors of osteopathy rose from approximately 58,000 to 81,000, an increase of close to 40 percent. By comparison, the rate of increase for medical doctors over the same period was just 10 percent. Moreover, the AOA reports nearly 130,000 medical students are currently studying osteopathic medicine in the United States.

Osteopathic Medicine – a Whole Body, Preventive Approach to Care

 

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A former chiropractor who now practices as a medical doctor, Anthony Marsh, DO, DC, maintains a successful New Jersey pain and rehabilitation practice. A core area in which Anthony Marsh, DO, DC, applies knowledge as a chiropractor is in osteopathic medicine, the discipline that rests on the theory that musculoskeletal-system disturbances often effect areas throughout the body.

Doctors of osteopathic medicine take a “whole person” view when treating patients, instead of only focusing on specific symptoms. They evaluate the interconnected systems within the body and when appropriate emphasize treatment of the muscles and bones that make up approximately two-thirds of the mass of the body.

Trained as generalists first and secondarily as specialists, DOs are, like allopathic physicians (MDs), licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medicine. The medical education pursued by DOs extends to residencies of as long as six years and includes primary care disciplines such as internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology. The osteopathic curriculum is one that places a strong emphasis on preventive medicine and maintaining health and life balance well before serious illness strikes.

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