West Family Medicine
Family Practice located in Pocatello, ID
Adult care is an important component of family medicine, and the team at West Family Medicine offers unparalleled adult medicine services to men and women in and around Pocatello, Idaho. The process begins with a comprehensive physical exam. For many, that experience leads to a trusting professional relationship with a doctor they can get to know and trust. When you’re ready to get started to receive top-of-the-line adult care, call the office or book your visit online.
Adult Care Q & A
What is adult medicine?
Adult medicine, or adult care, is an area of medical practice focused on addressing the health needs of adult men and women, including preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease.
There is a multitude of medical issues that affect adults. Some of those health concerns include:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Joint problems
- Mental health
- Kidney disease
- Digestive issues
- Infectious diseases
- Neurological problems
- Hormonal and endocrine issues
These are just some of the areas of focus included under the term “adult medicine that are addressed at West Family Medicine.
What is the role of preventive health in adult care?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to schedule a visit with your doctor once after a problem arises. Preventive health is a powerful resource that can improve your life today and help you avoid disease tomorrow and every day to follow.
At West Family Medicine, your annual visits include screenings that reveal exactly where you stand in regard to health and wellness. Blood work and other medical tests are part of that process, but your basic vital signs and the details you provide about your lifestyle are also essential in determining your current state of health.
Your preventive care plan probably won’t look like that of a friend or family member, or even another patient of the same age and gender. It’s customized to suit your specific needs at this specific time in your life.
For example, a routine checkup for a 50-year-old woman might show slightly elevated blood sugar, blood pressure on the edge of hypertension, sleep disruptions, and signs of higher-than-average stress. Her preventive health plan could include lifestyle modifications like dietary changes, low-dose hormone replacement therapy, and low-impact physical activities that fit her lifestyle.
What if I need to see a specialist for adult care?
Adult medicine can address numerous chronic and acute health needs, but there are times when working with a specialist is the best course of action. In those instances, your doctor recommends a trusted specialist and coordinates with that physician during your care.
That ongoing communication ensures continuity of care once your specialist takes care of your particular medical needs. Whether that’s adjusting your medications, embarking on a weight loss program, or completing physical therapy, you’ll be in the best of hands.
If you’d like to learn more about comprehensive adult care, book an appointment today online or by phone.