Frequently Asked Questions
Are Doctors of osteopathy real doctors?
Yes. Doctors of osteopathy (DOs) follow an educational path that largely mirrors a medical doctor’s. This includes training in biomedical and clinical sciences, core clinical training, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family practice, surgery, psychiatry, emergency medicine, radiology, preventive medicine, and public health.
After completing four years of osteopathic schooling, DOs are then required to complete 300-500 hours in hands-on manual medicine and the study of the body’s musculoskeletal system integrated into the medical curriculum, which comprises Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. After this, DOs participate in the same internship and residency training programs as medical doctors, and must pass the MD specialty board exams. Following that, they must complete specialty training programs and board exams for doctors of osteopathy.
How does osteopathy differ from chiropractic and massage therapy?
Osteopathy addresses all the body’s organic and musculoskeletal systems, as well as emotional and mental well-being in treating pain and discomfort. The philosophy of a DO is that all systems affect each other (either positively or negatively) and that manual manipulation and other OMM modalities can have a holistic effect in achieving relief from illness and pain. Essentially, when the body is balanced, it can heal itself. DOs take into account the patient’s medical history, ask questions about their mental and emotional state, and perform a diagnostic examination through palpation of the back and extremities. This information is integrated with a thorough physical exam to rule out non-mechanical causes of symptoms.
Chiropractic focuses specifically on spinal alignment for healing, and massage therapy uses healing touch to reduce stress both mentally and physically, which can often encourage the body to find balance.
Who can benefit from Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)?
Anyone can benefit from OMM, from the very young (including newborns) to the very old. You can use OMM for pain and disease relief, or as a preventive measure in maintaining overall health and well-being.
What are your office locations and hours?
Our three locations in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, area are all accepting daily, evening, and emergency appointments.
Ft. Lauderdale Location of Institute for Non-Surgical Orthopedics
4109 N. Federal Highway
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
Hollywood Location of Institute for Non-Surgical Orthopedics
4651 Sheridan St.; Suite 320
Hollywood, FL 33021
Delray Beach Location of Institute for Non-Surgical Orthopedics
16244 S. Military Trail; Suite 450
Delray Beach, FL 33484
What insurances do you accept?
We accept most insurances and file on your behalf.
What are your payment options?
We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. In addition, we have payment plans available. Please contact us for details.