Southlake, TX | What is The Difference Between a DO and an MD | Integrative Pain and Wellness

Dr. Barker explains the difference between a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and a Medical Doctor (MD).


Dr. Matthew Barker: I am Dr. Matthew Barker at Integrative Pain and Wellness Center in Southlake, Texas. One question I get asked a lot is what is the difference between a DO and an MD? I'm a DO by training, which means doctor of osteopathic medicine. An MD is medical doctor. Those are the two types of physicians in the United States that are fully licensed to practice in any field of medicine, whether it's family medicine, sports, pediatric surgery. The biggest difference is during our medical school years and in osteopathic medical school, we learn all of the Western medicine that MDs learn. But in addition to what they learn, we learn how to use our hands to diagnose and treat a number of different medical problems. We call those treatments, osteopathic manipulative treatment. So we use osteopathic manipulative treatment a lot, and in all of our patients here at Integrated Pain and Wellness Center. If you want to know what's different about a DO and an MD, come on in and check us out. Thanks.