Osteopathic Manual Medicine in the San Diego Area
I use my hands to perform manual, hands-on medicine to address underlying causes of disease.
Osteopathic physicians, like MDs, complete the same rigorous medical training, pass multiple board exams and go through multi-year residency programs before being fully licensed to practice. Unlike MDs, we study manual, hands-on medicine. A select number of DOs like myself continue to study and advance those skills beyond school and residency, specializing full time in osteopathic manual medicine.
As physical limitations improve, patients often undergo positive shifts in their emotional and spiritual health. Osteopathy assesses and treats the physical body but also considers the emotional and spiritual state of the patient as equally important parts in the healing journey.
The goal of any medical treatment is to offer your body resources, whether that be manipulation with my hands, a prescription drug, or surgery. The resources I offer work with, and bolster, the natural forces within your own body to find health. Unlike drugs and surgeries, I take pride in treating causes versus simply masking and managing your symptoms. Many patients experience change after the first appointment while others, especially those with chronic long term issues, may require multiple visits.
If you are looking for a physician to partner with who will look at the whole picture and use your body's own resources to help you heal, I invite you to schedule an appointment.
WHAT CAN I TREAT?
I treat all ages – newborns to people in their 90s.
The most common things I treat are:
Pain: acute and chronic
Back, neck, and joint pain: orthopedic issues
Pediatric: constipation, misshapen head, poor feeding, fussy infants, allergies and infections
Sports injuries and trauma
Headaches, concussion, and other neurological issues
"We osteopaths are still the best-kept secret in American medicine..."
—Ken Lossing, D.O.
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy works by finding and working with the health in each patient no matter how serious their illness. If there is life, somewhere in the system there is health. The three core principles of osteopathy are:
The body's natural desire is to go towards health, to self heal, and to self regulate if given adequate resources.
The body's structure and its function are interrelated.
Health consists of not only the physical body but the emotional and spiritual health of the individual.
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Dr. Walter Cohen is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship year in general medicine at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA followed by two years of medical residency specializing in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO. Here he was appointed an adjunct faculty member at A.T. Still University (the founding school of osteopathy) where he regularly lectured and taught osteopathic manipulative medicine to first and second year medical students.
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