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Nicole Goddard DO

Nationally Recognized Orthopedic 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.

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Education

2004-2008 Concord University, Bachelor of Science, Pre-Professional Biology 2008-2012 West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency

2012-2014 Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Family Medicine Resident 2014-2015 Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Family Medicine Chief Resident

Fellowships

2015-2016 Cleveland Clinic, South Pointe Hospital, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Certifications

2015 American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, Osteopathic Family Medicine Board Certification 2015 American Heart Association, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification 2018 American Osteopathic Association, Sports Medicine

What is an Osteopathic Physician (D.O.)?

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are trained to approach medicine and treat patients holistically.  DOs see each person as more than just a collection of systems and parts that may become injured or diseased. The patient is treated as one human comprised of body, mind, and spirit.  This holistic approach to care means 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 States, 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.

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
  • Tennis or golfer’s elbow
  • Minor rotator cuff tears
  • Bursitis or hip inflammation
  • Wrist and joint pain
  • 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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Ready to Experience the Beacon Difference?

Schedule an introductory consultation with Dr. Nicole Goddard to learn what treatment options will be best to help you overcome your injury. It is our goal to help you return to the sports and activities you love as soon as possible.

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