FAQ’s

 

What is an Osteopathic Physician (D.O.)?
A D.O. is a fully licensed physician. D.O.s are licensed to practice medicine in all specialties, prescribe medication, perform surgery, and provide osteopathic manipulative treament. During medical school, D.O.s learn the medical curriculum taught to M.D.s, with additional courses in osteopathic diagnosis and treatment. D.O.s are trained to practice the full scope of medicine and use their hands to diagnose and treat patients. After four years of medical school, D.O.s complete a three to seven year residency program in their chosen specialty. After residency, some D.O.s complete an additional one to three years of fellowship training. An osteopathic doctor is uniquely trained to integrate your general medical care with the care of your body’s structure, and to understand the relationships between the two. An osteopathic physician who specializes in O.M.T may earn board certification in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (N.M.M).

 

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (O.M.T.) is gentle and specific hands-on treatment by a fully licensed physician to improve the structure and function of your body. Patients generally find O.M.T. to be comfortable and effective. O.M.T is used to treat many types of muscle, joint and nerve problems including (but not limited to) back pain, sports injuries, sprains and strains, repetitive injury, headaches, TMJ pain, neck pain, certain types of numbness and tingling, sciatica, muscle pain, joint pain, and certain types of referred pain. O.M.T. is also used to complement the routine medical care of many illnesses (such as pneumonia and recurrent ear infections), infant feeding problems, colic, and benign positional plagiocephaly. In these cases, O.M.T. may be used in addition to medically indicated treatments such as antibiotics.

 

What is the difference between Primary Care Sports Medicine Physicians and Orthopedic Surgeons?
Primary Care Sports Medicine Physicians specialize in the non-operative medical treatment of musculoskeletal sports conditions. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained in the operative treatment of these conditions. Approximately 90% of all sports injuries are non-surgical, and Sports Medicine Physicians can expedite referral to an orthopedic/sports surgeon when indicated, and can help guide referrals to appropriate rehabilitative care and ancillary services as needed. Common examples of musculoskeletal problems in sports include:

    • Acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee & shoulder injuries, and fractures)
    • Overuse injuries (such as tendonitis, stress fractures )
    • Mild traumatic brain injury and other head injuries
    • Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis, asthma or diabetes)
    • Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids and performance issues
    • Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
    • Injury prevention
    • “Return to play” decisions in the sick or injured athlete
    • Strength training and conditioning
    • Healthy lifestyle promotion
What insurance plans are accepted?

TSOM accepts insurance from the list of providers below:

  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Optima
  • Tricare Standard
  • United Healthcare