Van Buskirk Osteopathic - Restoring Musculoskeletal  Balance

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Restore Balance and Musculoskeletal well being.

Richard L. Van Buskirk, D.O., Ph.D.
2900 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 924-1729

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"At age 53, I had Chiropractors and Physical Therapists tell me that the "best that I could hope for was to keep my condition from getting any worse.  At that time, I was in constant pain and was barely able to take care of myself or my home.  My life was on hold.  I could not accept this diagnosis, so I kept looking for help.  On my first appointment with Dr. Van Buskirk he found a rib strain pattern that seemed to be my problem.  After four adjustments, the improvement was dramatic and I continue to improve with his help. 

I honestly believe that had I not found Dr. Van Buskirk, my quality of life would be horrible right now."  I cannot recommend him highly enough.






Orthopedic and Osteopathic medicine is a specialty devoted to the evaluation, diagnosis and non-operative treatment of neural and musculoskeletal diseases. This includes diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. You may have a few questions as to what Osteopathy is all about. I hope the following information is helpful.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of medicine that applies a unique philosophy to medical care. With a strong emphasis on the inter-relationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) apply the philosophy of treating the whole person in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease and injury using traditional medical practice, such as drugs and surgery, along with manual and physical therapies (OMM).

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), educated in the United States, are fully licensed physicians that practice the full scope of medicine like Doctors of Medicine (M.D.

What is Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine?

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine is a specialty in Osteopathic Medicine and was developed to recognize those who had become experts in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and related neurological medical problems. Typically these experts have had years of training and experience in dealing with Neuromusculoskeletal problems. As of 2013, there is no comparable M.D. specialty. Those orthopedic surgeons who have elected not to practice surgery are the only M.D. group that is comparable. They typically are said to practice Orthopedic Medicine, although at this time it is not a recognized specialty.

Dr. Van Buskirk explains that balancing and releasing the neural and musculoskeletal systems helps restore balance from trauma, persistent pain and long-term muculoskeletal distress.


As a specialist in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, I diagnose and treat a wide variety of neural and musculoskeletal problems, including, but not limited to: neck (cervical), upper back (thoracic), lower back (lumbosacral) and pelvic pain, including that from spondylosis (arthritis), non-surgical arthritis (scoliosis), osteoporosis, osteoarthritis involving most joints, acute and chronic sciatica, brachial plexopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome and other forms of radiculopathy and nerve compression, spinal disc syndromes, non-surgical spinal stenosis, headache, including classical and non-classical migraine, bursitis, tendonitis, lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis elbow) of the elbows, incomplete (restrictive) rotator cuff tears, ankylosis of joints, chrondromalacia patella, ensthesopathy (soft tissue disease of injury) of any appendicular (limbs) joints, myalgia, fibromyalgia, mechanical gait disturbances, ligament and tendon laxity, sprains and strains, along with costochondritis and musculoskeletal chest pain.


Richard L. Van Buskirk, D.O., Ph.D. - Restoring Musculoskeletal Balance to the Sarasota community.

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