Some of us go to our doctor regularly, but many of us put it off. Eventually, though, almost all of us will find ourselves in a situation that warrants a visit to the doctor.
Below are some very good reasons to see your primary care physician (PCP), and they don’t all have to do with having a disease or a health problem!
Continuity of Care
There are many excellent specialists in the United States who use advanced techniques to pinpoint causes behind health issues and to treat certain conditions, but your PCP is an essential starting point for any kind of care. That’s because no one knows you like your PCP.
Even though modern medicine is more sophisticated and less folksy than yesterday’s proverbial family doctor who treated you and your entire family during house calls, your PCP does provide continuity of care. When you change medications, lose or gain weight, develop high blood pressure, get pregnant, or ask for birth control, your PCP keeps a detailed record of all those visits.
Therefore, when you go in for a visit, your PCP knows what allergies you have, what medical conditions you deal with, and what progress has been made to date in treating them.
Accurate Health Records
If you are starting work in a facility that deals with people’s health or public safety, you will probably need access to your health records – especially immunization records. Your PCP is the best resource for that information.
If you will be traveling or just need your yearly flu shot, your PCP can get you immunized and advise you about what vaccines you may need in addition to the ones you already have received.
Help in Family Planning
This is an important issue your PCP can help you navigate through. There are many factors involved in sexual and reproductive health.
There are personal, financial, and emotional issues that are best discussed with a professional who knows you well. Whether you are a single woman who has decided to have a child on her own, a father who wants to take the burden of contraception off of his female partner in life, or a couple who desperately wants to start a family, your PCP can help you make educated, informed decisions in this important time of your life.
Change in Your Health
We all change and mature in different ways. For some people, aging – including menopause for women – happens without complications. For many people, though, changes in health warrant a visit to a PCP.
Your health issue could be something as simple as dry skin, or as potentially complex as vision changes, or changes in your ability to move or walk. Whatever you are experiencing, chances are your PCP has seen the issue before and knows how to help you.
Here are some of the most common reasons people visit their PCPs:
- Skin problems, including rashes, acne, sunburn, or bug bites.
- Arthritis and joint problems. Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of pain and lack of mobility among adults.
- Back strains and pains. Lower back pain is a very common complaint among adult patients. Usually, lower back pain resolves with self-care, but it’s a good idea to get your PCP to check your condition and offer specific advice to speed up the healing or treatment process.
- Common cold and other respiratory infections.
- Headache, including migraines.
- High blood pressure, which is also called hypertension.
- Diabetes or high blood sugar levels.
- Mental health problems, including mood disorders, depression, and anxiety.
How to Stay on Top of Your Health
At Lynx Healthcare, our dedicated staff is committed to providing the most comprehensive approach for keeping you as healthy as possible and treating any health issue you may have.
Call (509) 591-0070 or (509) 321-4575 to schedule an appointment or use this convenient online contact form to learn more about how Lynx’s specialists can help you.