Internal Medicine Doctor Question and Answers
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Internal medicine is a type of primary care that primarily serves adults, providing medical attention and guidance for any medical concern they have. At Internal Medicine and Family Practice, our internal medicine doctors are highly skilled and experienced in providing primary care services to patients with diverse health concerns. To give you more clarity on what internal medicine involves, we have answered some common questions below!
Internal medicine refers to the study, diagnosis, management, and treatment of conditions that affect the internal organs. As such, there is quite a lot that falls under internal medicine! Some of the conditions that internal medicine specializes in diagnosing and treating include:
• Cancer pain
• Crohn’s disease
• Diabetes, both type 1 and type 2
• Heart disease
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Lung disease and infections
• Thyroid disorders
• Ulcerative colitis
• And many others!
Since internal medicine doctors specialize in treating such a wide range of conditions, injuries, and illnesses, they provide excellent primary care services. Primary care refers to ongoing and continuous medical care provided to patients, serving as their first point of contact for any injury or illness they experience. In cases where such patients require a specialist’s care, internal medicine primary care doctors can provide their patients with a referral to the appropriate specialist.
There are also several subspecialties that fall under the scope of internal medicine, which include:
• Allergy and immunology (immune system)
• Cardiology (heart and blood vessels)
• Critical Care Medicine (organ system failures)
• Endocrinology (hormonal and glandular disorders)
• Gastroenterology (digestive disorders)
• Hepatology (liver disorders)
• Hematology (blood disorders)
• Infectious disease
• Nephrology (kidney disorders)
• Oncology (cancer)
• Pulmonology (lung and respiratory illnesses)
• Rheumatology (joint and musculoskeletal disorders)
Internal medicine and family or general practice are both primary care disciplines. However, they differ with respect to the age range of patients they treat. Whereas internal medicine doctors only treat adults, family and general practice doctors treat adults and children. That said, since internal medicine doctors only treat adults, they typically have more in-depth knowledge of the illnesses and injuries that affect adults than family practice physicians.
Internal medicine is important because of the breadth of insight it provides into medical application. Since internal medicine doctors have such a broad understanding of the body, conditions that ail it, and safe and effective treatments for those conditions, patients can rely on them to help with any medical concern they have on an ongoing, indefinite basis.
If you are over 18 and do not have a primary care doctor or your pediatrician recommends transitioning to a primary care doctor for adults, seeing an internal medicine doctor is a great choice. Due to the broad scope of internal medicine, you can see an internal medicine doctor for just about any medical concern you have.
We are proud to provide internal medicine services at Internal Medicine and Family Practice! If you would like an appointment or more information about our internal medicine services, please feel free to call us or schedule an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 1721 Glenwood Ave Joliet, IL 60435. We serve patients from Joliet IL, Manhattan IL, Channahon IL, Bolingbrook IL, Naperville IL, Lockport IL, Romeoville IL, and Plainfield IL