We all know that when it comes to your health, the best approach is to rely on that of an expert. That’s where a Primary Care Physician comes in. As medical generalists, Primary Care Physicians have the distinct ability to look at your health from a broader, more holistic picture offering you support when you’re healthy, when you’re sick or when you’re faced with a more chronic condition.
Whether you’re dealing with a common ailment like back pain or a respiratory infection or a chronic condition like diabetes, high blood pressure or depression, Primary Care Physicians have spent their careers helping people like you navigate one or multiple treatments at once, understanding all the interactions that will occur along the way.
No matter where you are on your health journey, now is the time to connect with a Primary Care Physician. Don’t currently have any extensive health issues? Even better. You can begin to establish a relationship with someone you will know and trust. Of all the doctors you will see, your Primary Care Physician will be your consistent and long-term advocate serving as a source for your medical background and health history. Here are just five ways they can help you.
1. Keep chronic conditions in check
It’s not always easy to consistently and effectively monitor chronic health conditions. Your Primary Care Physician has your back. Whether it’s checking in on your numbers or monitoring the impact your condition is having on your body, regular visits and routine tests ensure your doctor can help you stay ahead of your health.
2. Serve as a hub for your specialists
Every health stage requires something different. Whether it’s seeing an ENT for chronic sinus issues or a cardiologist when you’re having some unexpected chest pains, there’s one constant throughout all of those visits – your Primary Care Physician. He or she can run point for you by making quick referrals and, after the visit, follow up with you on any other steps you could take to better your health.
3. Take a proactive approach to your health
With the help of regular screenings, routine visits and consistent communication with your physician, you will be taking a proactive approach to your health. Should something come up during that screening or visit, you will be informed early and in a good position to address the issue promptly before symptoms worsen and become larger problems.
4. Juggle multiple treatments and conditions
Today it takes more than just managing a singular condition – it takes managing multiple treatments. Primary Care Physicians understand this and know how to look at all of your medications to understand the interactions between them. As generalists, they can look at the whole picture and determine the best course of action for you moving forward.
5. Understand your health history
Every person is unique when it comes to their health. That’s why it’s important for a Primary Care Physician to get to know you. It allows you to receive a higher level of personalized care. Forget a more generic approach; this is care that can be tailored to you and your needs – helping you get the solutions you need to better your health.
Think it’s still not time for a Primary Care Physician? We’ve got one more reason for you. Studies consistently show that individuals with those relationships in place pay lower medical costs. Preventive care has a strong correlation with better health and lower healthcare costs. Getting the care you need now may lower your need for expensive prescription costs or treatments at a later date.
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