Research: GOFF and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

GOFF and COLLEAGUES, Medical Corps, US Army. brandon.goff@us.army.mil write that  the report by the US Army Surgeon General's Pain Management Task Force provides a strong endorsement for the Army to increase the practice of Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), to create OMM continuing medical education opportunities, and to improve research in OMM's role in pain management.

Background

Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) is the most visible distinction between osteopathic physicians and allopathic physicians, and the osteopathic medical profession recognizes the proven clinical efficacy and value of OMM.

Methodology

The recently published report by the US Army Surgeon General's Pain Management Task Force provides a strong endorsement for the Army to increase the practice of OMM, to create OMM continuing medical education opportunities, and to improve research in OMM's role in pain management.

Results

This comprehensive restructuring of the Army's approach to pain management provides a unique opportunity for the civilian osteopathic medical profession-the true OMM experts-to collaborate with Army osteopathic physicians in OMM training, teaching, and research.

Conclusion

References

Goff MB, Nelson MA, Deighton MM and Fredricks CT. Pain management and osteopathic manipulative medicine in the Army: new opportunities for the osteopathic medical profession.  Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 111(5):331-4. May 2011.

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