What is primary care?

Primary care is the first line of medical care that most people receive. It’s your primary level of care. This type of care involves visits like your annual physicals, general health inquiries, and non-specialty diagnosis and treatment.

 

Who practices primary care?

Primary care doctors, or primary care physicians, provide primary care. This can include preventive (striving to eliminate the need for later treatment), chronic (treating an illness that develops and worsens over time naturally), and acute (treating illnesses that develop suddenly and last for short periods of time) care. Primary care physicians also help you get in contact with other kinds of more specialized doctors if needed. If you’re looking for treatment, but you don’t know where to go, even if your condition or illness seems very uncommon or it requires special attention, your primary care physician is always a safe first choice.

Do I need a primary care physician?

In short, the answer is yes. This is because you need someone at the very least to check on you medically for your annuals. This happens with your primary care physician once a year. A neurologist, cardiologist, or dermatologist can’t give you the broad scope of treatment that a primary care physician will. This will help recognize needs and issues that otherwise you would be completely oblivious to. They also can answer a lot of broader questions that you may have about your medical wellbeing. For example, you can’t ask an ophthalmologist about acne or a dermatologist about Lasik eye surgery, but you can ask a primary care physician about both of these things. Even if they don’t have the answer, they will be more than happy to refer you to the appropriate specialist that will have an answer for you.

 

If you’re looking for a primary care physician in Plano, Irving, or Frisco, call us at 214-666-6259 or schedule an appointment in the contact tab above the post.

Author Jai Sammpath

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