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    Osteopathic Medicine

    An osteopathic physician, or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.), is a fully-licensed physician, as is a Doctor of Medicine (M.D), yet their philosophy of approach to patient care is different.

    D.O.s and M.D.s are both fully-licensed physicians, with comparable training in medical school and residency, yet D.O.s put more emphasis on looking at the patient as a whole. Health and wellness are part of the comprehensive care D.O.s provide.

    D.O.s also offer another distinct service to their patients: osteopathic medicine. Because the musculoskeletal system (the body's muscles, bones, nerves, and connective tissues) surround and support nearly all other body structures, most medical conditions have manifestations in the musculoskeletal system. Thus, a D.O. can diagnose many conditions simply by placing the hands on the body.

    Thus, D.O.s have more training and expertise in musculoskeletal conditions, sports and orthopedic conditions. Also, the D.O. can treat many musculoskeletal conditions by performing musculoskeletal manipulations.

    In our office, Dr. Elkins evaluates and treats patients with both traditional and osteopathic medicine techniques. Dr. Elkins is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, a former President of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association, a member of the American Academy of Osteopathy, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech University. Dr. Elkins commonly has medical students working with him to learn about family and osteopathic medicine

    Dr. Elkins is available to serve as your family physician or as a consultant for musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, and chronic pain.

    For more information about osteopathic medicine, visit:

    www.osteopathic.org

    www.ncoma.org

    www.academyofosteopathy.org