Osteopathic Approach for Palliative and Hospice Care

Rob Kawa talks palliative care in this podcast.  This is a great talk going over lots of Osteopathic principles as well as techniques.  This should also help those out there with a COMLEX exam coming up.  Enjoy!

OMT In Hospice and Palliative Care PDF

The next step

I would like to announce that Nicholas Camposeo, Randal Davis, Roberty Kawa, Tara Nowakhtar, Meighan O’Connor and Brandon Parker have completed our predoctoral fellowship in Osteopathic Practices and Principles.  We will all be starting our 3rd year rotations in the next few days.  DidacticsOnline’s format and schedule may change slightly in the upcoming months but will not stop posting didactic discussions.  DidacticsOnline continues to strive to provide an Osteopathic voice in medical discussion.  I hope to have regular posts on various topics throughout the year and continue to welcome any questions or comments on how to improve the content.

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DidacticsOnline OPP COMLEX review with Dr. Boesler

Join DidacticsOnline LIVE on Monday, June 11 at 7 PM for a fully interactive live review for the COMLEX. We will be answering questions on all OPP topics for the COMLEX with the help of Dr. Boesler.

To Join via Webcam: Follow DidacticsOnline on Google+ and send an email to didacticsonline@gmail.com prior to Monday night to let us know you want to join via webcam chat live OR,

To Watch Review Live: Go to YouTube.com/didacticsonline to watch the review live.

We encourage you to email didacticsonline@gmail.com with OPP questions prior to the review. Watch the review live to see your question answered. We will also be monitoring emailed questions throughout the review.

If you will be joining us via webcam make sure to sign on by 6:45 PM to make sure everything is working correctly.  Also you can not join via iPad.

This review is not affiliated with Nova Southeastern University and the review does NOT represent the views or opinions of Nova Southeastern University.

Treatment for acute LBP in active military personnel; a journal review

Brandon Masi Parker provides a journal review for the article A randomized, controlled trial of osteopathic manipulative treatment for acute low back pain in active duty military personnel, by

des Anges Cruser, Couglad Maurer, Kendi Hensel, Sarah K Brown, Kathryn White, Scott T Stoll in the Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy,  Volume 20, Number 1, 2012 , pp. 5-15(11).

This article is a crucial randomized and controlled study analyzing the effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) for acute low back pain (LBP) in active military personnel.  The article analyzes pain, functionality and a few other parameters.  I make the assertion that this unique subset of population may provide a model for other LBP patients that have physically demanding lifestyles with limited possibility for rest.

OMT for acute LBP in military personnel; journal review podcast

Prostate Disease

Randal Davis discusses prostate disease pathology, clinical presentation and management.  There is also a discussion on Osteopathic approach to patients with prostate disease.

Prostate Disease podcast

Back Pain Etiologies and Pathophysiology interview with Dr. Fossum

We interview Dr. Christian Fossum DO of Norway on several topics relating to back pain.  We cover etiologies, pathophysiolgies, osteopathic treatments as well as an intervational take on Osteopathy.

Back pain interview with Dr Fossum

Clinical Approach to Muscle Function interview with Dr. Danto

We interview Dr. Jay Danto DO while at the American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation on several topics relating to muscle function.  We touch on muscle firing pattern, approach to a patient with musculoskeletal pain, acupuncture and more.

Interview with Dr. Danto on Muscle Function

Upcoming Interviews

We are currently in Louisville, Kentucky at the AAO Convocation. We have a few interviews planned with some brilliant leaders in the Osteopathic community and we are excited to post them shortly.

Please stay tuned and come say hi if you see us walking around in our stylish DidacticsOnline shirts.

Diabetes Mellitus

Meighan O’Connor leads a discussion on Diabtes Mellitus, covering pathophysiology, clinical presentation and patient management.

Diabetes Podcast

Diabetes mellitus Powerpoint


Brandon Parker  interview Dr. Sandhouse DO on prolotherapy (proliferative injection therapy, regenerative injection therapy, sclerotherapy).  We discuss indications, contraindications, mechanism and evidence.  We compare Prolo to PRP and trigger points.  There is a bonus section on Orthokine, the treatment used by Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez.

Prolotherapy Interview Podcast

In the interview we discuss a case where prolotherapy is used on a young male with an ACL tear.  Below are the MRI images from before and after a prolotherapy regimen.

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Effects of Manipulation

Brandon Parker interviews Dr. Peter Sprague PT, DPT, OCS, MTC.  Dr. Sprague is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and shares his wealth of knowledge on the physiology of manipulation with us.  We discuss goals of manipulation, evidence for specific manipulative modalities, what exactly is that HVLA “pop,” the anatomy and physiology of the spinal and abdominal musculature in low back pain population, and neural plasticity including long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD).

Effects of Manipulation Podcast



Nick Camposeo discusses Osteoporosis.  Nick discusses pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, risk factors and treatment and management of the patient.

Osteoporosis podcast

Osteopathic Medicine for Pneumonia; an article review

Audio podcast for Osteopathic Medicine for Pneumonia Article Review

Tara Nowakhtar reviews the article by Donald Noll et al, Efficacy of osteopathic manipulation as an adjunctive treatment for hospitalized patients with pneumonia: a randomized controlled trial published in Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care in 2010.

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Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

In this episode we discuss applying Osteopathic practices and principles to surgery with Dr. Boesler DO.  We discuss the usefulness of applying osteopathic practices and principles in a surgical setting.  We offer anecdotal accounts and information from clinical research to support the effectiveness of applying and understanding Osteopathy’s effect in the surgical field.

Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery Podcast

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Knee Pain

Audio Podcast for Knee Pain

The knee is the largest joint in the human body when considering volume and surface area of articular cartilage and the size and complexity of the articulation lend to susceptibility to acute injury, chronic wear and tear and arthritis (inflammatory and septic).  It is important to recognize the various etiologies of knee pain.  This podcast aims to provide an overview of the topic of knee pain and help you develop a differential diagnosis.  We also have a section at the end specifically discussing the somatic dysfunctions of the knee.

Video for Orthopedic Exam of the Knee