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What is a D.O.?

If you're like most people, you've been going to physicians ever since you were born and perhaps were not aware whether some or all of them were osteopathic physicians, also known as DOs. You may not even be aware that there are two types of complete physicians in the United States—DOs and MDs. The fact is that both DOs and MDs are fully qualified physicians licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery.  Read more...


Nerve Conduction Velocity Test

A nerve conduction velocity test (NCV) is an electrical test that is used to determine the adequacy of the conduction of the nerve impulse as it courses down a nerve. This test is used to detect signs of nerve injury. In this test, the nerve is electrically stimulated, and the impulse is measured. This is usually performed with surface electrodes that are placed on the skin over the nerve at various locations. The distance between electrodes and the time it takes for electrical impulses to travel between electrodes are used to calculate the speed (velocity) of impulse transmission. A decreased speed of transmission indicates nerve disease. Read more...


Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Modern day medicine can consist of anything from high-tech brain scans to anti-cancer drugs. However, it is easy to overlook that sometimes what patients really need is a healing touch. Osteopathic physicians haven't forgotten this. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. OMT is based on the belief that all parts of the body are connected and that manipulating the musculoskeletal system helps to make your body function better. Using OMT, an osteopathic physician can move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance. Read more...


Pulmonary Function Testing

Although those with heart disease and/or diabetes are usually aware of their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, the importance of knowing your numbers as they apply to pulmonary function tests (PFTs) for COPD/emphysema/asthma, and other lung conditions is commonly overlooked. The National Lung Health Education Program suggests the mantra "test your lungs; know your numbers." At ICPR, we strongly believe that regularly scheduled PFTs are an essential method of comparison to determine how well you are responding to treatment and if your disease is progressing. Read more...


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