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                                         What is an Osteopath?

  An Osteopath is a fully licensed and trained physician. An Osteopath completes four years of basic medical education identical with M.D. training. In addition, Osteopaths receive extra training in medical school on how to treat the muscle-skeletal system with hands-on techniques. These include spinal adjustment, cranial sacral therapy, muscle energy, and strain/counterstrain to name just a few.   After graduation, D.O. (Osteopaths) obtain graduate medical education through internship, residency, and fellowships. Graduate medical education consists of three to eight years of training allowing D.O.s to specialize in any area of medicine such as family practice, surgery, oncology, or orthopedics. To go into practice, D.O.s must pass a national licensing exam and be licensed by the state in which they will provide medical care.  

                  What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)?

   OMT are techniques that are used by osteopathic physicians when they use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and to encourage the body’s natural tendency towards good health and wellness. 

                                   What is Medical Acupuncture?

  Medical Acupuncture is acupuncture that has been successfully incorporated into medical or allied health practices in Western countries. Therapeutic insertion of solid needles in various combinations and patterns is the foundation of medical acupuncture. Dr. Shea uses this in conjunction with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment when deemed medically necessary.  

                                What is the cost of treatment?

  For the information on what it costs for treatment, you will have to call Jessica at the Medical Billing Center of Colorado. Their phone number is 303-444-3443 or 970-221-3456. Most times they will be able to tell you what your insurance covers, what your deductibles are as well as your copay.  

                                    What is an office visit like?

  New patients are generally given one hour of time. Established patients are given 30 to 40 minutes for each follow-up session. For the initial treatment there will be an interview, a muscle-skeletal exam, diagnosis, and treatment using Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or Medical Acupuncture.  

             Who can benefit from Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)?

  OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. Dr. Shea has treated a very wide range of patients and conditions.

                                              Our Services

  Dr. Shea’s primarily relies on a traditional osteopathic technique for treating muscle-skeletal conditions. This would include cranial sacral therapy, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release and spinal adjustments. In addition, if it is deemed medically necessary he will also combine his osteopathic treatments with medical acupuncture. He is also available to do Independent Medical Examinations involving muscle-skeletal injuries. 

Generally, Dr. Shea does not do primary care, family practice, or wellness examinations.