The American Osteopathic Association‘s definition of a DO is:
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.
DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
Osteopathic physicians focus on prevention, tuning into how a patient’s lifestyle and environment can impact their wellbeing. DOs strive to help you be truly healthy in mind, body and spirit — not just free of symptoms.
Dr. Brad Erikson believes this philosophy. When beginning the process to apply to medical school, Dr. Erikson took a special interest in the Osteopathic approach to medicine. He went to the library at ISU and checked out a book on Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of Osteopathy. Being deeply engaged in continual learning and self-development, the “whole person” approach to medicine resonated with Dr. Erikson. He continues to search for answers through the whole-body approach to the well-being of everyone. He will look beyond the symptoms and search for the root of your illness or injury.
As an Osteopathic Physician, Dr. Erikson can:
• Focus on the neuro-muscular system and treatment of back, neck and other ailments. DOs are specially trained in the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones).
• Perform osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), a hands-on approach to diagnosing, treating, and preventing illness or injury.