Like a family medicine physician, an internal medicine doctor (or “internist”) provides all the primary care services you might expect: the treatment of acute injuries or illnesses, help managing chronic medical conditions, as well as preventive health services like annual physicals, vaccines, cancer screenings, and more.
The difference between these two types of primary care physicians is that family medicine involves the care and treatment of potentially everyone in the family – from kids to seniors. Internal medicine doctors, on the other hand, focus solely on treating adults.
As a primary care physician, your internist has the knowledge and experience to address a broad range of healthcare issues. Your internist is also perfectly positioned to make sure you get the right type of specialized medical attention, when that is necessary.
Conditions Treated by Internists
Consider your primary care provider – whether a family medicine or internal medicine doctor – your guide to better health. Your internist can diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries and illnesses, as well as help you control your symptoms if you have a chronic medical condition. Among the conditions treated by an internal medicine physician are:
- Chest pain
- Common cold / flu
- GI tract issues(like GERD)
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol levels
- Nausea, vomiting
- Sinus infections
- Skin disorders
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Weight management issues