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About Osteopathic Medicine

At Narberth Family Medicine, we believe that every component of the body works together to provide a symmetrical, balance whole. When something is off or your body is asymmetrical, it needs to be corrected so the body can work best as a whole.

Osteopathy is a form of treatment that seeks to restore symmetry to your body. Sometimes compared to chiropractic treatment, osteopathic manipulation is designed to correct out of place joints, limbs, and components of your musculoskeletal system.

About Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy

When patients come in complaining about sore joints, back pain, or chronic pains, it can be easy to focus on treating the symptoms. But at Narberth Family Medicine, we focus on the health of the entire person. Using osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT), we can identify and correct the imbalance in the body that can be causing the acute or chronic pains. This holistic approach allows many patients to enjoy a reduction of pain and an improvement of overall health immediately.

History of Osteopathy

As a branch of medicine, osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still in the 1870s. Today there are over 120,000 doctors and med students trained in osteopathy. The Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree is a Board-certified medical professional who receives an additional 200 hours of training in medical school specific to osteopathic manipulation.

Osteopathy Videos from Narberth Family Medicine


Hear Dr Lipton recount the purpose of osteopathy medicine.
 

Watch Dr. Lipton perform osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) on a patient.

To learn more about osteopathy and founder Andrew Taylor Still, visit our History of Osteopathy page on our site.

To schedule your first osteopathic treatment, call us at 610-667-4601 or use our online form today.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Regenerative Treatments In The News

by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

Recently there have been some high-profile cases in the news where our cutting-edge Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections provide a level of natural healing not found with more invasive surgeries or joint reconstructions. And now it seems as though some major league sports teams are getting this memo.

In the last few months, several professional athletes have turned to these regenerative treatments to promote healing in their joints:

  • Mets’ pitcher Travis d’Arnaud avoids surgery with PRP injection [source]
  • Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola heals elbow with PRP injection [source]
  • Ravens’ Breshad Perriman does not need surgery, receives stem cell injection for ACL injury [source]
  • Diamondbacks’ pitcher De La Rosa receives PRP and stem cell treatments for injured elbow [source]

In all these cases, PRP or stem cell injections were used to avoid season-ending and perhaps career-ending surgeries like Tommy John surgery and ACL reconstruction. These treatments allow the injured players to recover faster and return to performing at their peak athletic condition.

Many of these injections have been done by Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon who’s worked with hundreds of professional athletes. Having a world-renown surgeon like Dr. Andrews openly arguing for stem cell treatments speaks volumes about how mainstream audiences and practitioners are realizing the health benefits of these regenerative treatments.

Whether you are dealing with an acute injury or chronic joint pain, call my office to schedule an appointment to discuss our regenerative and holistic treatments. I’ll list out your options and give you my recommendations, so you can make a more informed decision about your healing journey.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Tired of Too Many Pills? How Liquid Supplements Can Help You Reach Optimal Health

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by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

Ditch the Pills; Take Liquid Supplements

Health balance sometimes requires medication, but optimal health always requires supplementation. Our diet alone can not supply adequate nutrition (see US Government NHANES study) Many supplements along with diet and lifestyle changes can avoid the need for medication, but taking these supplements still involves taking many pills.

If you are weary of adding more pills to your daily routine, consider taking liquid vitamins. These naturally-formulated supplements, like the ones produced by Nutrametrix, can replace as much as 35 pills in one drink. Isotonic liquid supplements, which contain the proper ph, salt, and sugar amounts, greatly improve absorption and assimilation. They are especially good for those with poor or slow digestion; like pregnant women.

For a custom liquid vitamim regimen that’s designed to meet your body’s needs, schedule an appointment or call my office.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Four Ways Your Body Can Repair Arthritis

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by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

When we are young and healthy, it is expected that injuries heal and repair. It is only at certain ages that we come to believe that our bodies can no longer heal and repair. THEY CAN! Given the right stimulus and environment, joints can still repair themselves well into our 90s.

Traditional Medicine and Joint Pain

Traditional medicine fails in this area, as it recommends medicine and surgery as the main treatment. Unfortunately, steroids are used as a common treatment for degenerative changes in which it only accelerates this process. Recent studies on knee joint arthroscopy show that they have no better results than placebo over time. Removal of parts of the meniscus may contribute to degenerative changes later in life.

Natural Remedies for Regenerating Joints

Natural remedies that support regeneration of joints include:

  • Supplementing with glucosamine and oils
  • Prolozone (oxygen & nutrient injection into joints) for chronic issues
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections into joints or injured areas. (better for acute issues)
  • Stem cell injections -stem cells derived from body far or bone marrow can be injected into injured or degenerative areas with great healing response. Multiple orthopedic studies confirm that stem cell therapies are safe and effective

To see how you might be able to relieve your arthritis, schedule an appointment or send me an email.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Introducing Stem Cell Therapy

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At Narberth Family Medicine, it is our goal to provide holistic services that help your body heal on its own – without the need for invasive surgery or dependency on medicines. That’s why we are happy to announce a new treatment to our regenerative health services: stem cell therapy.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are naturally-occurring cells in every human’s body. They are cells with potential – with the ability to turn into muscle, blood, or any other type of cell your body needs. They are part of your body’s natural healing mechanism – and we’ve figured out how to send that healing capability right where you need it.

Regenerative treatments like PRP therapy unlock the potential of stem cells found in the blood stream. With our new stem cell therapy, which harvests stem cells from adipose (fatty) tissue, we can add 10,000x more stem cells to your body!

Who Should Use Stem Cell Therapy?

We see the potential of stem cell therapy for primarily two groups of people:

  1. Chronic Pain

    The initial tests on the impact stem cell therapy can have on reversing chronic illnesses and pain is promising. This includes MS, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and neurodegernative disorders.

  2. Orthopedic Injuries

  3. The wear and tear of daily motion and sports activities can take a toll on your body’s joints. But before you opt for orthopedic surgery or joint replacement, you will want to try stem cell therapy. This is becoming the go-to treatment for professional sports athletes who want a full repair to their joints without surgery.

 
 
To learn more about our stem cell process and the steps involved in the treatment, visit our page on stem cell therapy. You can also always call the office or send me an email with any questions you might have.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Four Easy Steps to Reducing Your Risk of Disease by 80%

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by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

Take My Disease Risk Reduction Quiz

Take this quick quiz to see how you are doing in reducing your risk for disease:

Four Areas to Improve Your Health

Lets define these 4 areas more.

  1. Smoking is the single largest cause of cancer, stroke and heart disease. I commend CVS for recently eliminating tobacco from it’s shelves (a costly commitment).
  2. Eating well is a subjective answer. Answering yes implies the intent of eating well, but the definition would simply be a diet that includes good portions of daily fresh fruit, veggies and whole grains.
  3. The simple addition of self-reported exercise (does not matter what type or how long) decreases the likelihood of all disease and most importantly infections. In fact, over exercising is a source of oxidative stress and injury.
  4. Ideal weight is different for every person and depends on many factors including; sex, race and body frame. Perception of weight control is associated with an overall decreased risk of all disease.

Remember:

  • Disease is the CAUSE of illness
  • Lifestyle is the CAUSE of disease
  • BE AT CAUSE OF YOUR WELLNESS

For more advice on how you can reduce your risk for disease, schedule an appointment with me. I can help you develop a nutrition plan that will improve your health and decrease your risk for illness.


Dr. Andrew Lipton in Narberth, PA

Connect with Dr. Lipton
Dr. Andrew Lipton is a 1991 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. The D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathy is a degree in medicine combined with training in Osteopathic Manipulation.  Osteopathy was founded in Missouri and there are only fifteen schools that train physicians in this technique.

Dr. Lipton has taken advanced training in OMT and is Board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of NeuroMusculoSkeletal Medicine.

Dr. Lipton completed his residency in Family Medicine at Suburban General Hospital, Norristown, Pennsylvania and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Lipton was trained in Chelation Therapy  by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a group of physicians dedicated to being open to new alternatives in medicine. Dr. Lipton is also Board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.


Enjoy Optimal Health Through Natural Supplements

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by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

Receive the Nutrients Your Body Needs with Natural Supplements

  1. We tend to eat the same foods in our diet and therefore may not consume all the essential nutrients that a diet with a wide variety of foods should provide. Crops very often are deplete in minerals so vegetable and fruits grown in these soils may be mineral deplete.
  2. Antioxidants are our bodies main defense against inflammation and disease and help in preventing all diseases.
  3. Even if we eat fatty fish, most of us do not eat enough to provide the adequate levels of EPA and DHA to squelch the inflammation that promotes many chronic degenerative disease.

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Four Components of Optimal Breathing

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by Dr. Andrew Lipton
Narberth Family Medicine

Breathing is vital to healthy living. Here’s how you can improve your breathing:

4 Steps to Optimal Breathing

1. Oxygen

Oxygen (O2) is the number one nutrient in the body. Many of our cells start to starve within 4 minutes of not receiving O2. The Next most important nutrient is water. We can only live a few days to a week without water. Then comes food. Protein, fat and carbohydrates are the caloric “macro-nutrients. We can live, in some cases, up to a month without food. Many animals that hibernate and store fat can even go longer. The “micro-nutrients” are the non-caloric nutrients that we need in small amounts that help our bodies perform correctly. These are the vitamins and minerals that work with our bodies macro-nutrients as co-factors and co-enzymes. We can sometimes live for years without the proper micro-nutrients, but we may have dysfunctions and ailments that can be corrected by the ingestion of proper micro-nutrients.

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