A neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM) doctor is a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) who specializes in using hands-on, osteopathic evaluation and manipulative medicine to treat a variety of physical and mental conditions. NMM doctors focus on the relationship between your health and your neuromusculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles, bones, skull and spine).
All DOs learn the fundamentals of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in medical school before pursuing their residency in a variety of different specialties, such as family medicine or internal medicine. However, a DO who pursues a residency in neuromusculoskeletal medicine (NMM) and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) has a deeper understanding of applying OMT to patients with a broad range of conditions, from acid reflux to arthritis to depression.
An NMM doctor typically:
Evaluates a patient’s medical history and educates the patient about wellness and disease prevention
Performs a physical exam with particular attention to bone, muscle and nerve alignment
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Diagnoses, treats and monitors a range of acute and chronic diseases and conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and osteoporosis
Performs osteopathic, hands-on manipulations
Provides ongoing care in an office, clinic, hospital, or long-term care facility
Collaborates closely with other specialists and members of a patient’s healthcare team to provide optimal care
An NMM doctor may also be known by the following names: neuromuscular doctor; neuromusculoskeletal doctor; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine; DO; NMM/OMM doctor; and DO, C-NMM/OMM (doctor of osteopathic medicine, certified-neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine).
There are 5331 specialists practicing Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.1 stars. There are 1837 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine specialists, including Sparrow Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital and Spectrum Health Hospitals Butterworth Hospital.