Role of Osteopathic Medicine in Interdisciplinary Health Care
Osteopathic Medicine evolved from traditional medicine in the 1870s because of dissatisfaction of medical treatments of the day. The founder of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Still, embraced the teachings of Hippocrates with its emphasis of the Holistic approach to the patient in which all parts of the body are interrelated. Dr. Still emphasized the manual treatment of the musculoskeletal system as a means of treating all parts of the body. The roles of Osteopathic Medicine in interdisciplinary health care would include:
- Evaluation of the status of the body, mind and spirit of patients and treating or referring appropriately;
- Providing leadership in rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system and referring appropriately;
- Coordinating care for patients with multiple systems complaints;
- Practicing preventive medicine through treatment and referral;
- Bridging the gap between traditional and alternative medicine.