Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is now listed as a non-pharma treatment alternative for pain management in the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)’s updated “Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics.”
The AOA and other osteopathic partners aided in getting OMT added to the guidelines that serve as a resource for state allopathic and osteopathic boards and clinicians.
“As our nation’s opioid epidemic worsens, it is critical that state medical and osteopathic boards – and the physicians and physician assistants they license and regulate – have updated guidance on the responsible management of chronic pain,” said FSMB President and CEO, Humayun Chaudhry, DO, in a statement last week. “It is also critically important for clinicians to assess whether opioid analgesics, when prescribed by them, are not being abused, misused or diverted.”
To learn more about FSMB policy guidelines, visit the FSMB’s policy page.