How I practice: Rheumatologist finds a calling and a highly rewarding specialty

The February edition of The DO, the online publication of the American Osteopathic Association, features an in-depth interview with ADC Rheumatologist,  Dr. Christopher Parker.

Dr. Parker shares why he chose not only osteopathic medicine, but why he ultimately chose Rheumatology as his specialty.

Here is an excerpt from the online article.

When and how do you incorporate the osteopathic approach into your practice?

When I’m looking for someone’s underlying rheumatic illness, I always step back,  look at the big picture and ask ‘what other things can I look at to make this person’s life healthier?’ Things like teaching them the importance of diet, exercise, sleep, and positive relationships. If someone starts thinking that’s not going to affect their arthritis or RA (rheumatoid arthritis), they’re wrong. You can watch their disease improve when they focus on these lifestyle factors.

Other doctors I’ve worked with think it takes too much time to get an in-depth medical history, but I’m open to it because you can’t fix it if you don’t know about it. Anxiety, depression, sexual issues—we can fix all these things, but we first need to know about them. So you have to prompt the patient and open the door. Otherwise it’s always repressed.”

Read the full article