Top 10 Reasons Why People Visit Primary Care Physicians
Visits to primary care physicians account for almost half of annual walk-in visits by Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Primary care physicians are generally pediatricians, OB/Gyns, family medicine and internal medicine doctors. They are trained to treat a little bit of everything and coordinate patient health care in one central location. You can visit your Primary care physician to discuss a variety of health concerns from physical to emotional and mental issues.
“Primary care physicians can most effectively manage a patient’s chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis if regular visits are scheduled and routine tests are performed,” said Gina Tran MD, a family medicine doctor at PIH Health Lambert medical office building. Routine visits build your health history, which is important to help your doctor catch early symptoms of serious conditions and for disease prevention. A primary care physician will also coordinate all your healthcare needs by referring you to specialists when needed.
These are the top 10 diseases or conditions addressed by primary care physicians:
- Respiratory: leading respiratory concerns include asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and other acute infections
- Circulatory: hypertension or high blood pressure is the leading diagnosis
- Endocrine: diabetes, metabolic diseases and immunity disorders
- Musculoskeletal: joint disorders, osteoarthritis and rheumatism
- Nervous system and sense organs: ear infections, migraines and pink eye
- Genitourinary: urinary tract (or bladder) infections, menstruation disorders and menopausal issues
- Mental disorders: attention deficit disorder, depression and anxiety
- Injury/poison: contusion or bruises, sprains, strains and open wounds
- Skin and subcutaneous tissue: eczema, cellulitis (bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath the skin) and abscesses (collection of pus build-up within the tissue)
- Infections and parasitic diseases: viral and chlamydial infections and strep sore throat
Research shows that patients who visit their primary care physicians regularly have fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits than those who do not.
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