Helpful Articles

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 about D.O.

What is 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 about Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.

What is 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 about Pulmonary Function Testing.

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