Friday, August 22nd at 10 a.m.
A primary care doctor can not only treat your temporary ills and ailments, but also serve as a health care quarterback, helping you catch problems early and assisting with a game plan to better avoid serious health challenges.
Annual check-ups aren’t just for kids, and people should remember their primary care doctor isn’t only for when they’re sick. At your annual exam, your primary care physician will make sure you get all the recommended screenings for your age.
The annual exam is also a good time to discuss any changes in your life or health so your doctor can help you adjust to them. If, for example, you lost your job and are feeling down, your doctor can talk about steps you can take to improve your mood. If your knees are starting to bother you, your doctor can suggest some strategies to lessen your pain. Your doctor may even pick up on health changes that you haven’t noticed yourself, and then recommend some healthy living remedies.
No matter what question or problem you are having, your primary care doctor should be your first call. Primary care doctors treat common illnesses, minor injuries and they can also help manage chronic health issues and refer you to appropriate specialists as needed.
Your relationship with your primary care physician is one of the most important members of your “life team.” Get tips on choosing a primary care physician and on making the most of your visits to your doctor’s office in our live chat this Friday, August 22nd at 10 a.m. with Dr. Stephen Travis, OU Physicians Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.
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