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Osteopathic Medicine

Compassionate Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Downtown, Syracuse, NY & North, Syracuse, NY

Osteopathic medicine is a whole-person approach to health and wellness that is focused on disease prevention. Compassionate Family Medicine is founded on osteopathic principles. The practice has four New York offices located in Downtown Syracuse, North Syracuse, Baldwinsville, and Lyncourt. The family medicine practice takes a team-based approach to whole-person health. To schedule an appointment, contact the office most convenient to you by phone today.

Osteopathic Medicine Q & A

What is osteopathic medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a distinct area of medicine that takes a whole-person approach to care, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. Like medical doctors (MDs), doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) are trained and licensed physicians. 

However, instead of focusing on just your symptoms or disease, DOs take a more holistic approach to medicine that centers around the interaction of all your body systems and organs and how they affect health and support healing.

Osteopathic medicine understands that many factors affect health and wellness, including lifestyle and environment, which are taken into consideration when developing treatment plans. 

Believing in the healing powers of touch, osteopathic medicine training also includes osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) to support and promote your body’s natural healing powers. 

What is OMT?

OMT is a hands-on technique DOs use to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease. During OMT, DOs gently manipulate your muscles and joints to ease pain, promote healing, and improve mobility. 

Though osteopathic medicine training includes advanced science and technology, DOs incorporate both traditional and alternative methods to maximize health and wellness. 

Can osteopathic medicine provide primary care services?

Yes, osteopathic medicine at Compassionate Family Medicine includes primary care services. The full-service family medicine practice manages health for patients of all ages, from newborns to age 65 and older.

Some of the osteopathic primary care services offered at Compassionate Family Medicine include:

  • Physical exams
  • Newborn care
  • Pediatric care
  • Women’s health
  • Vaccinations
  • Health screenings and exams
  • Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Sexual wellness

With a focus on prevention and health promotion, Compassionate Family Medicine takes the time needed to conduct comprehensive evaluations to fully understand your health needs and provide the care and services aimed at getting you well and helping you stay well. 

What conditions can osteopathic medicine treat?

Though some DOs specialize in certain areas of medicine, Compassionate Family Medicine can diagnose and treat all acute and chronic health conditions that affect children and adults.

Some of the conditions that benefit from osteopathic medicine include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic pain
  • Addiction
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Minor injuries 

Though Compassionate Family Medicine can diagnose and treat many health conditions, they also know when it’s best to refer patients to a specialist. They have a network of physicians they call on to help you get the specialized care you need. 

For health care focused on your whole health, not your disease, contact Compassionate Family Medicine by phone to learn more about osteopathic medicine.