Family medicine focuses on the needs of children as well as adults, providing preventive care along with treatments for injuries and acute and chronic diseases for patients of all ages. Family doctors (also sometimes called general practitioners or primary care doctors) are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad array of medical conditions and diseases that can affect people of all ages, as well as preventive care services like well exams, lab testing, and immunizations to help patients enjoy optimal health at every age. Plus, a family care practitioner is able to refer patients to specialists for in-depth treatment of specific diseases as needed.
Family medicine is comprehensive, which means patients can receive a broad array of treatment options optimized for their specific needs. Some of the most common treatments and services provided by a family doctor include:
* annual physical exams
* pediatric and geriatric care
* treatment of women's health and men's health issues
* pre-surgery physical exams
* post-surgery care
* treatment of acute illnesses or conditions like colds, flu or allergic reactions
* ongoing care for patients with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure
* urgent care for many types of injuries
Annual well visits begin with a complete personal and family medical history to look for potential risk factors for serious diseases and conditions, followed by measurements of weight and blood pressure. During the exam, the doctor will listen to the heart and lungs using a stethoscope and evaluate the ears and throat for signs of redness or other issues. The belly and other areas will be gently palpated to check for signs of swelling or discomfort that could indicate a hernia, infection or other problem. Depending on the patient's age and other risk factors, lab tests like blood tests or urinalysis may be ordered prior to the exam or during the exam. Finally, patients will receive health and lifestyle guidance and care recommendations based on their needs and risk factors.
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