While most doctors are trained in one or two areas of medicine, primary care providers (PCPs) train in almost all of them. They can treat acute health problems like sinus infections and perform minor procedures such as draining an abscess. Their training lets them treat you and your family during all the stages of life — from early childhood through the senior years. All along the way, they’ll care for you as a whole person: body, mind and spirit.
Knows Your Health History
Because you’ll see the doctor regularly, your PCP can get to know your health history. With this information, along with your relatives’ health history, the primary care physician can screen for symptoms of serious diseases, which can lead to quicker treatment.
Provides Routine Screening
You probably know the drill: The nurse takes your blood pressure and weighs you at every visit to the doctor. But these simple, regular screenings can help catch symptoms before they get worse or become serious problems. As a PCP sees you over time, updates your records and learns about your health habits and history, personality, and lifestyle, it’s easier to spot possible changes in your health.
Educates You About Health and Prevention
When you go in for your routine screenings, your doctor can help you learn more about how to prevent illnesses in the future. You and your family may learn about such topics as weight loss, high blood pressure, stress and much more. A proactive primary care provider will offer helpful information that fits your unique needs and goals.
Serves as Your Point Person
Your primary care provider can refer you to a cardiologist, orthopedist or another specialist. Because your doctor knows you well, it will be easier to match you to someone who fits your needs and even your personality. Your PCP is your point person — the one who can coordinate care with specialists, guide you through next steps and stay in constant contact with the specialist.
Manages Chronic Health Problems
When you’re dealing with a chronic health problem like diabetes or arthritis, it helps to have a PCP by your side. With your primary care provider there to help you monitor an ongoing health condition, you may be able to better manage your chronic disease. Because of routine tests and regular visits, your primary care doctor will know how to help you stay focused on self-care.
A PCP That’s Always Here for You
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