When it comes to patients, Dr. Jay B. Danto’s goal is pain-free movement.
Dr. Danto recently joined Mercy Clinic Pain Management in Carthage, where he focuses on osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and medical acupuncture. OMT involves using the hands to diagnose and treat with goals of improving injury, optimizing function and preventing further illness or injury. Using OMT, he moves a patient’s muscles and joints in a gentle manner to improve their range of motion and function.
“I look at the way people’s mechanics work when they walk and do other things,” he said. “If it’s not moving, I want to get it moving. If it’s moving too much, I want to improve stability.”
Dr. Danto seeks to create muscle balance between parts of the body. When that isn’t happening, the patient may have a somatic dysfunction, which is an impaired or altered function of connected bones, joints, muscles, soft tissue, nerves and blood flow.
“Getting everything in the body optimized and moving correctly is critical,” he said. “My goal is to make people independent and give them back their lives and their autonomy. An active lifestyle is healing.”
Another area of expertise for Dr. Danto is acupuncture, which has existed for more than 2,000 years. It’s a minimally invasive technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It may help ease types of chronic pain in the low-back, neck and osteoarthritis pain, such as in the knee. It also may help with headaches.
“Acupuncture is time tested, and many patients respond positively to it,” he said. “The needles make the body think a chronic pain is acute, which starts the healing pathway again.”
Dr. Danto is a board-certified physician in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine and family medicine. He has a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. He completed a family medicine residency at St. John – Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Michigan.
Dr. Danto, who also is chair of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Joplin, is part of an experienced team of medical specialists that uses proven strategies and techniques for dealing with a variety of pain.
“We can handle most any pain condition short of orthopedic surgery, which is available at Mercy Joplin,” he said of himself, Dr. Nicholas Camp, Dr. Karl Haake and nurse practitioner Annette Mayfield. “We work on similar problems using different approaches to maximize a patient’s benefit.
“It’s very humbling to treat pain and to work with people who are suffering. There’s a strong evidence base for everything we do in the clinic. It should be very reassuring for patients.”