D.O./ Osteopath Specialist

Maine Rehabilitative Health

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Osteopathic Medicine located in Scarborough, ME

Osteopathic medicine is based on the treatment and diagnosis of injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system, with a heavy emphasis placed on preventing future injury. As one of the fastest growing fields of medicine, osteopathy incorporates both cutting-edge and time-tested traditional techniques to treat dozens of illnesses and injuries, and diagnose even more. Vincent Herzog, DO, a leading osteopath, is welcoming new patients at Maine Rehabilitative Healthcare in Scarborough, Maine. Call the office to make an appointment today, or set one up online.

D.O./ Osteopath Q & A

What is osteopathic medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is built on preventing, treating and diagnosing injuries and illnesses that cause or lead to problems with the musculoskeletal system — your nerves, bones, and muscles. Osteopaths often use osteopathic manipulative treatment, a hands-on therapy that guides your joints and tissues back into their correct position.

In addition to specialized musculoskeletal training, osteopaths are fully trained in all the other areas of medicine as well and are qualified to prescribe medication, perform surgery, and run all the tests you expect at the doctor.

How can osteopathic medicine help me?

Because osteopathy focuses on the patient as a whole, it offers a multitude of treatment options. Some of the most common reasons people see an osteopath are:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain in the joints, like the knee or elbow
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic headaches
  • Tennis elbow
  • Postural problems caused by pregnancy, injury or overuse

In addition, while there are issues that osteopathy can’t treat, it may still prove useful in diagnosing them, so an osteopath is often a good place to start when dealing with an ache or pain.

Osteopathic medicine also puts great emphasis on injury prevention. It can reduce your risk of reinjury by strengthening and supporting vulnerable parts of your musculoskeletal system.

What should I expect when I see an osteopath?

Osteopathy is built on the needs of the patient, so you and Dr. Herzog have a consultation before deciding on a treatment. This usually includes learning about your health history and a physical exam. This examination could take an hour or so, and you may be asked to move and stretch to see your range of motion.

Once Dr. Herzog has assessed the health of your musculoskeletal system, he proposes a treatment plan. This treatment could involve the use of OMT, osteopathic manipulation therapy, where gentle pressure is used to correct the position of joints and soft tissue. It could also involve a recommendation for complementary care, like massage therapy or lifestyle changes, such as to your diet and sleep habits.

Osteopathy is one of the fastest-growing fields in medicine for a reason. If you’re interested in learning more about how osteopathy could help you, call Maine Rehabilitative Healthcare or make an appointment online today.