Internal Medicine physicians, or Internists, are Primary Care Physicians who are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and care of male and female adult patients. Internal Medicine services range across the spectrum from preventive care to management of chronic or complex illnesses.
Internists can treat a wide array of health conditions and are able to address the vast majority of their adult patients’ needs. Internists often care for their patients over the duration of their adult lives, performing anywhere from preventive screenings to routine office visits to coordinating in-hospital and geriatric care. When a patient requires specialized care such as surgery or physical therapy, the Internist will coordinate any referrals and manage the patients’ overall care.
Here is a list of services your Internist typically can perform (this list is NOT all inclusive):
- Acute care for short-term illness
- Physical exams and recommended screenings
- Order laboratory and diagnostic tests, evaluate results, and make recommendations
- Flu shots, allergy injections and other immunizations
- Well woman care including Pap smears, pelvic and breast exams
- Treatment of minor injuries such as burns, muscle sprains and strains
- Management of complex and long-term medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or arthritis
- Prescribe medication and/or therapies to treat depression and anxiety
- Coordinate referrals to Specialists such Surgeons or Physical Therapists
- Coordinate with allied health services such as skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice care