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Why You Should Regularly See Your Primary Care Physician

Think of your doctor as your partner in lifelong health. Don’t just wait to see your primary care physician when you’re sick or injured; having regular visits with your can be beneficial to you and help you stay healthier as you age. Here’s some reasons why you should regularly see your PCP.

General Health Care

If you’re feeling sick, depressed or have a strange new pain, the first person you should see is your primary care doctor. Your doctor is trained to treat almost anything and can coordinate with other professionals to ensure you receive the type of health care you need. Whether the issue is physical, emotional or mental, your primary care doctor can be your one-stop shop.

Chronic Health Issues

Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis or fibromyalgia are can be difficult to control on your own. A primary care physician can help you monitor your symptoms, stay organized in your treatment plan while being aware of how your body is being affected. Scheduling regular visits and performing routine tests are two ways your doctor can help you better maintain your chronic disease.

Comfort and Confidence

Building a relationship with your doctor is just like building a relationship with anyone else:  you have to spend time with them.  Over time, it will get easier for you to discuss any health care needs and concerns. Visiting a doctor that you trust will help you build a better relationship and get better care.

Institutional Knowledge

Visiting a clinic might be a good thing when you need help in a pinch, but most likely they will have you follow-up with your primary. That’s because your PCP knows your health history; he knows the medications you are taking and how new ones might interact with others. He keeps great files and established a baseline for your health at your initial screening, making it easier to detect trends and blips. If your primary also serves your family, he can use that knowledge to look for hereditary issues or concerns that may impact your household – from lead poisoning to pinworm.

Prevention Screenings

Regular visits with your doctor also helps to catch symptoms that many people who don’t visit with their doctor regularly can catch too late. Simple tests such as taking your blood pressure at the beginning of every appointment can be a necessary alert if there are any issues in your health. Your primary care physician may also ask specific questions relating to your known issues to detect other health concerns in their early stages.

In League With Other Specialists

Your primary care physician is important, but there are some conditions for which he will refer you to a specialist or for special diagnostics. Your primary care physician will know whether to refer you to an ENT or a cardiologist, and chances are they will only refer you to the doctors in their trusted network – the ones that they would refer their family to.

No matter what condition you have, it’s imperative to have a reputable and experienced medical team by your side. Lynx Healthcare offers a variety of medical care services, including interventional pain medicine, regenerative medicine, chiropractic and massage therapy, and much more. To make an appointment at one of the Lynx Healthcare clinics in Oregon, Yakima, Tri-Cities, or Goldendale, call us at (509) 591-0070, or contact our Spokane clinic at (509) 321-4575. We look forward to helping you enjoy an

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