MDs and DOs – Whats the Difference

Here at Community Neuroscience Services, some of our doctors have M.D. degrees and some have D.O. degrees.  So, what’s the difference between them?

M.D. stands for Medical Doctor and D.O. stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Both M.D.s and D.O.s are licensed medical doctors who can diagnose and treat patients, prescribe medication, and perform surgeries. However, there are some key differences between the two.

One difference is in their approach to medicine. M.D.s generally focus on treating specific symptoms and illnesses, while D.O.s take a holistic approach, considering the whole person and how they can help the body heal itself.  Often times, however, the differences are blurred: at Community Neuroscience Services, all of our doctors approach patients as a whole, regardless of their training background. 

Another difference is in the training they receive. D.O.s receive training in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), which involves using their hands to diagnose and treat patients. This can include techniques like stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance to help alleviate pain and improve mobility.

In conclusion, whether you see an M.D. or a D.O. here at CNS for your neurologic care, you can expect to receive high-quality care from a licensed physician. The main difference between the two is in the training they received, but both can provide effective treatment for a variety of conditions. If you have any questions about your doctor’s qualifications or approach to care, don’t hesitate to ask!



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