Osteopathic medicine is a system of care that blends the patient's needs with the current knowledge in medicine and surgery.
Osteopathic physicians [D.O.s] attend unique medical schools. They receive the traditional 4-year medical education with an extra focus on disease prevention and treating the whole person, rather than a disease alone. Becaues of that philosophy, most osteopathic physicians specialize in family practice.
D.O.s are also trained in manual medicine for treating musculoskeletal disorders. Some osteopathic physicians specialize in rehabilitation and sports-medicine; many D.O.s are pro sports and Olympic team physicians.
Vanderbilt treats athletes of all types, from weekend warriors to Olympians. Our physicians:
Some of our physicians work with Olympic athletes through programs of the United States Olympic Committee. Our physicians are trained in the most current sports medicine techniques, from arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow and wrist, to ACL repairs.
If a joint is destroyed through accident, disease, or age, patients can return to full and productive lives with joint replacements. Our physicians have experience performing hundreds of these procedures. We routinely see patients come for their first few visits in wheelchairs; when they return after surgery, they're on their feet, enjoying life.
We treat a wide range of work related injuries, the two most prevalent being back strains and repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. We work with employers, insurance companies, rehabilitation nurses, case managers and physical therapists to help patients return to work.
Becaue Nashville is one of the entertainment capitals of the world, we see many performing artists. Whether they're dancers with foot and knee problems, drummers with sore backs or guitar pickers with carpal tunnel syndrome, our physicians are trained to care for these special needs.