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Primary Care Physician / Internal Medicine

Primary Care Physician / Internal Medicine physicians focus and are trained on adult medicine, prevention and treatment of adult diseases. Internal medicine doctors are also called Internists; and are trained in men's and women's health issues, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs. Internists are sometimes referred to as a "doctor's doctor", because they often act as the major consultant to other physicians to help solve intriguing diagnostic problems.

Some common conditions treated by internists include:

  • Allergies
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • GI problems
  • Infectious diseases
  • Arthritis/pain
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Colds and flu

Treatments provided by an internist may include:

  • Medications
  • Blood tests
  • Immunizations
  • Lifestyle coaching

Bone Density Testing (DEXA) 

DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is an enhanced X-ray image of the skeleton that provides the most accurate measurements of bone density available. Bone density tests are used to determine whether patients have osteoporosis, a condition in which bones are weakened and fracture easily.

During the procedure, a beam of low-dose X-rays is targeted at the area, usually the lower spine and hips. The energy is measured as it is absorbed by soft tissue and by bone, and computer software then processes the gathered information. Exams are painless and take 10-30 minutes.

Spirometry

Spirometry is a pulmonary exam used to diagnose conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and evaluate the overall function of the lungs for patients suffering from chronic lung conditions. This test measures the amount of air the lungs can hold, as well as how fast the air can be exhaled by asking the patient to breathe through a tube attached to a spirometer, which will calculate the results. A bronchodilator may be given as part of this exam to more precisely detect any breathing obstructions.

Spirometry is recommended for patients with a chronic cough, shortness of breath, a family history of bronchitis or emphysema and for those who smoke. Each measurement process takes just a few minutes to perform, and results can be discussed with the doctor right away. Additional testing may be required in order to accurately diagnose asthma or other chronic lung conditions.

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