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Primary Care

Primary Care Services

In health care, Primary Care refers to the daily healthcare given to a patient by a medical care provider. Generally, the primary care provider works with patients from the initial visit and continues in further care regardless of whether specialists are required for the patient.

Primary care professionals include:

  • Primary Care Physicians (Family Physician and/or General Practitioner, MD’s)
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO’s)
  • Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses
  • Physicians Assistants

Primary care services encompasses the largest portion of healthcare today. As a result of the vast number of patients that primary care practitioners see, they require a great deal of knowledge in many fields of medicine in order to best serve the needs of their patients.

What Services Are Provided by Primary Care Physicians?

  • Initial contact care for patients with undiagnosed health issues, health concerns and/or symptoms.
  • Complete and continuous care for the patient.
  • Accountability for the management of additional health services which are related to the patient’s care.
  • Regular checkups, yearly physicals and other physical examinations.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of ailments, infections and pain.
  • Treatment for chronic conditions such as allergies, anxiety, asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Treatment for common illnesses including but not limited to; bronchitis, sinus infections, cold and cough, flu, migraine headaches, sprains and urinary tract infections.
  • Diagnostic testing, immunizations, lab work and radiology services.
  • Preventative services including pre and post-surgery care, medications and shots.
  • Health screenings and testing for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and many more.

Some of the Specialty Areas of Medicine that Your Primary Care Provider May Provide a Referral Include:

Allergy and asthma physicians are specialists that perform specialized testing to determine present allergies that are affecting your immune system.

Anesthesiology is a specialized field of medicine dealing with pain management associated with pre and post-surgical procedures.

Cardiology is a field of medicine that specializes in abnormalities and/or diseases of the heart.

Dermatology is a specialized field of medicine that deals with hair, skin and nail issues and diseases.

Endocrinology is a medical specialty that deals with the endocrine system and hormones.

Gastroenterology is a field of medicine focused on disorders and diseases of the digestive tract.

Hematology concerns blood disorders.

Immunology is a medical field specializing in the health of the immune system.

Nephrology is a medical field specializing in the health of the kidneys.

Neurology is a medical specialty dealing with the health of the kidneys.

Orthopedics is a medical specialty for bone and connective tissue health.