As an osteopathic physician, I am trained in manual medicine in addition to traditional allopathic medicine. This includes osteopathic principles and practices handed down by the profession’s founder, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, such as the concept that the body can heal itself and structure and function are irrevocably linked. Dr. Still pioneered the use of manual medicine and his lessons live on as now more than 34 osteopathic colleges of medicine exist in the U.S. in 2018. This radical increase in the number of osteopathic medical schools demonstrates the continued interest in osteopathy and the need for more primary care physicians. In 2015, over 54% of osteopathic graduates entered primary care residencies. This is well above the rates of allopathic graduates. The DOs may just be our country’s answer to the primary care physician shortage.
The smartphone landscape has had a number of OMM apps over the years including the excellent ACOFP DO OMT, iOrtho (reviewed here on iMedicalApps) and the CRT OMT Spine family of apps. The DO OMT and CRT OMT Spine apps are unique in their inclusion of high-quality videos and graphics to assist with the set-up and performance of specific OMM techniques. We also reviewed Osteopathy PocketCard by Borm Bruckmeier Publishing, but found it just too basic for most and lacked graphics.
One of the oldest (originally released in 2009) OMM apps has just been revised and updated in 2018: the OMM Guide by Dr. James Lamburg, DO and Dr. Lisa Yoo, DO, MS. I thought this was an orphaned app after the iOS change over to 64 bit apps, so I was excited to see this new version get released. The app is text only and covers the gamut from OMM assessment, OMM techniques, ortho/sports med MSK tests, basics of neurology, EBM for OMM, sample treatment protocols, and coding tips.
The OMM Guide app includes a detailed reference section that summarizes pertinent medical literature for various OMM techniques and medical conditions for which OMM has been studied. This section combined with the basics on OMM principles and practices is a nice reminder of the background for OMM and the fact that much of it is indeed based in scientific study.
What providers would benefit from this medical app?
Osteopathic students and residents, and practicing osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists, who desire a review of the basic tenets, exam findings, and treatment protocols for nearly every imaginable condition within osteopathic medicine.
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- Detailed information on assessment and treatment with various OMM techniques
- Nice review of osteopathic principles and practices
- Contains sample treatment protocols and coding information
- Limited functionality as no graphics or videos on treatment
- No hyperlinks for references
- No Android version available
The new version of the OMM Guide is marginally better than its predecessor. This new version has been updated and the interface improved upon. The app contains many useful facts on all things OMM for students, residents, and faculty. However, the lack of any graphics or videos significantly limits the app compared to the DO OMT app from the ACOFP or the OMT apps from CRT.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Simple, fast interface, but some good information seems “hidden” behind multiple menus.
- Multimedia Usage
App lacks any true multimedia functions. It does contain excellent detailed information and references, but no graphics, videos, or hyperlinks.
App is just $0.99.
- Real World Applicability
Fantastic review of basic and advanced information for students and residents, but lacks the much needed graphics and/or videos on the set-up and performance of specific OMM treatments to be truly useful.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 8 running iOS 11.4
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