Osteopath
Comparison Table

Osteopath
Comparison Table

Richard A. Feely, D.O. FAAO, FCA, FAAMA

What is an Osteopath?

Learn the difference between DOs, MDs, and DCs.

DO
Osteopathic
Physicians
MD
Allopathic
Physicians
DC
Chiropractic
Physicians
Undergraduate Training Required 4 years 4 years 4 years
Postgraduate Training Required 5-8 years 5-8 years 3-4 years
Hospital Residency Required Yes Yes No
Able to Prescribe Drugs Yes Yes No
Able to Perform Surgery Yes Yes No
Training in Bodily Manipulation Receives 300-500 hours extensive training in bodily manipulation including cranial, extremity, spinal joints, and connective tissue Receives no formal training in manipulation, spinal or otherwise Receive up to 600 hours in the use of spinal manipulation
Founders A.T. Still, physician whose philosophy is a “whole person” approach and whose emphasis was on disease prevention as well as cure. A.T. Still was an American original. German trained physicians who viewed the body as being comprised primaily of parts and who emphasized treating symptoms through drugs and surgery. D. D. Palmer who felt that spinal manipulation could effectively address 95% of all illness. Briefly studied with A. T. Still, then developed his own techniques.

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