Nationally Recognized Orthopaedic Care Close to Home.
Dr. Nicole Goddard offers nonsurgical treatment options at Beacon's Wilmington and Summit Woods locations. She believes in a holistic approach to patient care and accentuating the body's natural healing processes.
Hear and read true stories of my patients and their experiences with Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. An injury isn't the end, and often times athletes and active adults return to even higher activity levels after a full recovery.
About Beacon Wilmington
Located in the Center for Sports Sciences at Wilmington College, Beacon Wilmington provides access to comprehensive sports medicine, orthopaedic, and spine care. Learn more about the services offered or find directions easily below.
Resources and Blog
Interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine? Are you curious about ortho-biologics or injection therapies? Or, if you simply want a better understanding of who I am and my approach to medicine, my blog should be helpful.
About Dr. Nicole Goddard, D.O.
Dr. Nicole Goddard is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. She sees patients primarily at our Wilmington College Campus location and also at Summit Woods in Sharonville, OH. Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Goddard received her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional Biology in 2008 from Concord University. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012 from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and spent her residency at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, WV until 2015.
Her Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine was at the Cleveland Clinic, South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, OH. During her Fellowship, Dr. Goddard worked with competitive athletes of all ages, as well as the general public.
At Beacon Orthopaedics, Dr. Goddard treats non-athletes and athletes of all ages who have musculoskeletal injuries. She is accepting new patients at Beacon’s Summit Woods location and Wilmington College location.
"She was very professional, and very personable. Presented her findings clear and precise. Explained my options fully, so I could make my decision with having all the facts of my injury." - Barbara
What is an Osteopathic Physician (D.O.)?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are trained to approach medicine and treat patients holistically. The result of years of medical school, residency, and fellowship means that DOs see each person as more than just a collection of systems and parts that may become injured or diseased.
Rather, the patient is treated as one human comprised of body, mind, and spirit. This holistic approach to care means that DOs act as partners to each patient as they navigate to optimal health.
DO training places a special emphasis on communication to inform and educate patients in their journeys for wellness. By not separating physical ailments or conditions from mental and spiritual factors, DOs are able to address symptoms of complex problems openly with their patients.
Quick Osteopathic Facts:
- Medical schools with colleges of osteopathic medicine are graduating more and more doctors every year. Over 5,000 new osteopathic physicians enter the workforce each year.
- In the United State, there are over 108,000 fully-licensed practicing osteopathic physicians across the scope of medicine, bringing a patient-centered, holistic, hands-on approach to diagnosing and treating injuries, conditions, and illnesses.
- Today, one in five medical students in the United States are training to be osteopathic physicians.
- Osteopathic physicians bring the additional benefits of osteopathic manipulative techniques to diagnose and treat patients.
- Osteopathic physicians work in partnership with patients to help them achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health education and preventative techniques.
The osteopathic medical philosophy embraces the concept of structural unity and function by adopting four clearly defined principles:
- The body is a unit. Each person is a culmination of mind, body, and spirit.
- The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
- Rational treatment is based on an understanding of the preceding three principles
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, also called OMT, is a diagnosis and treatment method used by DOs. OMT involves a hands-on approach to medicine. Your doctor will use their hands to diagnose the cause of discomfort or pain. Once the problem has been addressed, treatment will be applied to encourage your body’s natural healing process.
Doctors of Osteopathic medicine (DOs) receive extensive training on the musculoskeletal system. This entails the interconnectedness of your body’s nerve, muscle, and bone infrastructure. This type of treatment is perfect for injuries and conditions in the lower back, shoulders, hips, knees, and other joints. For example, OMT is commonly used to treat carpal tunnel and other hand and wrist conditions.
OMT has been used to effectively relieve pain, improve range of motion, and promote healing. In addition to its orthopedic applications, OMT has also been used to treat asthma, migraines, and sinus disorders.
To learn more about how OMT can help you return to an active lifestyle, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Goddard.
Ortho-biologics and Injection Therapies
Ortho-biologic injections, such as stem cell or platelet rich plasma, have been around for nearly four decades. An ultrasound guided injection is a non-invasive way to assist the body's natural healing processes. Injections performed at Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will use your own blood platelets to ensure the best results.
These injections are best used to treat the following conditions:
- Arthritis (joint degeneration)
- Tendonitis also called tendonosis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Wrist and joint pain
- Tennis or golfer's elbow
- Minor rotator cuff tears
- Bursitis or hip inflammation
- Other minor injuries to muscle, ligament, and tendon tissue
Unfortunately, not every patient is a good candidate for ortho-biologic injections. A thorough exam and review of your medical history will be good indicators as to how successful an injection will be. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goddard, please call (513) 354-3700 or click here to schedule online in real time.
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