Internal medicine specializes in all aspects of adult health care. It provides preventative care and diagnoses and treats the full scope of health problems affecting adults.
Your internal medicine provider at Providence Medical & Mental Health Clinic also serves as your primary care provider. Primary care providers take care of your day-to-day medical care. They give you a medical home to call whether you wake up feeling sick or need chronic disease management.
Internal medicine offers comprehensive services for adults throughout their lifetime, including:
Though this list isn't comprehensive, it gives you a good idea of the services you can receive at Providence Medical & Mental Health Clinic.
Health screenings assess your risk of developing a chronic disease and detect early signs of a problem while you still have time to prevent the disease. Examples of health screenings include:
The team also refers you for screenings as needed based on your age and risk factors. For example, you may need a colonoscopy or a bone scan for osteoporosis.
There are currently no cures for chronic diseases such as:
Once you have a chronic disease, you need a plan to keep it well controlled. Otherwise, the condition keeps getting worse. For example, if you have diabetes, you need to keep your blood sugar within the normal range to prevent nerve and blood vessel damage.
Your internal medicine provider creates a management plan that meets your needs, combining lifestyle recommendations with medications.
In the early stages of a chronic disease, making lifestyle changes such as following a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and losing weight can stop the disease from progressing. As the disease gets worse, you need medications to protect your health.
When you have a chronic disease that needs specialized medical care, your provider refers you to a trusted physician.
If you need an annual exam, chronic disease management, or prompt treatment for an acute illness, call Providence Medical & Mental Health Clinic or book an appointment online today.