By Jennifer Farnsworth
Dr. Karissa Scarabino, DO, MPH, has opened an office for osteopathic health services in Saratoga Springs.
Osteopathic Health of Saratoga, 28 Clinton St., Suite 3, offers what she describes as osteopathic manipulative medicine with a diagnostic and therapeutic practice of medicine based on wellness.
“I say everyone deserves an osteopath. There’s always something that needs to be treated. The goal of osteopathic medicine is to optimize health by restoring the normal structure and function of the body,” said Scarabino.
Scarabino said osteopathic physicians treat patients by looking at the whole picture before prescribing medical treatment. They use a hands-on approach to identify structural problems and support the body’s natural tendency toward good health and healing.
Scarabino can treat patients with musculoskeletal injuries and sport injuries, in addition long term chronic problems.
“I knew it was my calling to become a doctor. When I learned about osteopathic medicine, I knew this is what I wanted to do,” she said.
“The goal of osteopathic medicine is to optimize health by restoring the normal structure and function of the body,” Scarbino said. “Osteopathic manipulative medicine is a diagnostic and therapeutic practice of medicine that focuses on wellness. Instead of just treating specific symptoms, Osteopathic physicians concentrate on treating you as a whole.
“Along with prescribing medical treatment, osteopathic physicians use osteopathic manipulative treatment, which is hands-on care to identify structural problems, and support the body’s natural tendency toward good health and healing, while also enhancing the body’s ability to fight disease by stimulating the immune system,” said Scarabino.
The treatment is not limited to sports pain, injuries, and recovery. It also treats back, neck, and joint pain, nerve pain, numbness, and tingling, pregnancy and postpartum pain, infant issues, digestive problems, sinus disorders, TMJ, chronic ear infections, headaches and migraines, concussion and post-concussion syndrome, respiratory problems, post-operative recovery, and stress and anxiety.
After completing her education at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Scarabino, was mentored by leaders in the profession. She was awarded a teaching fellowship, where she assisted in teaching anatomy and osteopathic practices and principles. She then completed her Family Residence training at St.Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady and returned to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for an additional year.
“In my experience, I have seen osteopathic treatment give hope to many with chronic problems that have not been helped by conventional or alternative treatments. It is awesome to be able to offer relief from pain and suffering with less or no medication and prevent the need for surgery,” she said.
Scarabino said she feels Saratoga is the perfect place to be practicing.
“What better place to live, work, and play. This building also has special meaning for me because it houses the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, among many other wonderful businesses, “ said Scarabino.
More information on Osteopathic Health of Saratoga is available at www.osteopathichealthofsaratoga.com, or by calling (518) 250-3221.