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What is Osteopathy Medical Transcription?

Osteopathic medical transcription is a specialty transcription that is fast growing. This is because there is a rising demand for preventive healthcare and people prefer a holistic approach to medicine in the world today. But, often we find that there is always confusion among the common people about the differences between allopathic, osteopathic and chiropractic practices.

This is because of the differences between osteopathy and chiropractic systems can be very subtle. An increase in the demand for osteopathy medical transcription has seen many medical transcriptionists specializing in osteopathy.

There are similarities and differences between the osteopathy and chioropractic professions. While Osteopathy is an approach to healthcare that focuses on the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease, Chiropractic practices is a complementary and alternative medicine health care profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the functions of the nervous system and general health.

Chiropractors usually rely much on x-rays for diagnosis and manipulations of bones, but the Osteopaths do not order for x-rays unless they are clinically indicated. This greatly reduces a person's exposure to harmful radiation. Osteopathic medicine in the American medical care system is more holistic. It was started in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O. Take a look at the website of the American Osteopathic Association http://www.osteopathic.org/index.cfm

Naturopathic osteopathy is a sub division that tries to understand the patient's symptoms not only from physical factors but also, if relevant, also from emotional and/or nutritional factors. This system believes that health derives from a balance between the three fundamental factors i.e., the physical, emotional, and the biochemical.

In the United States, an osteopath (or an osteopathic physician) must be a graduate of one of the nation's osteopathic medical schools. Each school is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's and has recognition by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) are fully licensed medical physicians and surgeons and do practice all clinical specialties along with their M.D. colleagues.

However, they are trained to be generalists first, and specialists second. Osteopaths being one of the fastest growing segments of healthcare professionals in the United States, it is estimated that, by 2020 at least 100,000 osteopathic physicians will be in active medical practice.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is practiced by osteopathic physicians and involves the use of hands to diagnose illness and injury and encourages the body's natural tendency toward good health. Along with all other available medical options, Osteopathy physicians are able to offer the most comprehensive care available in medicine today. And this means more and more transcriptionists will choose to specialize in Osteopathy.

About the author:
The author of this article is Ricci Mathew of Outsource Strategies International (OSI), a US based company that offers services in M edical Coding, and Medical Transcription.
Ricci Mathew
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