Answer: There are two types of physicians who practice medicine, DO’s (Doctors of Osteopathy) and MD’s (Medical Doctors). Their medical training is essentially the same. Both physicians must have four years of basic medical training, complete a residency program at a hospital, and pass comparable exams to obtain a state license to practice medicine.

However, Doctors of Osteopathy are required to complete some additional training on the musculoskeletal system. They also are trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine, a treatment similar to chiropractic care used to identify and correct structural problems to help ease pain, promote healing and improve mobility.

ASK THE DOC: As a family physician what kinds of problems do you treat?

Answer: As a family physician, I can provide care to the entire family, from newborns to seniors. I offer preventive care, management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and treatment for common illnesses and injuries. I also help coordinate your care with other medical providers and specialists to ensure you get the care you need. Some of the most common conditions and procedures I offer at my practice include:

  • Joint Injections
  • Mole and Nail Removal
  • Stitches and Splints
  • Women’s Well Care
  • Cold and Flu
  • Ear Infections
  • Strep Throat
  • Bladder Infections

Elliot Freed, DO
LewisGale Physicians
133 Bostic Lane, Pembroke, VA 24136