12 Sep What do Internal medicine Doctors do?
Internal medicine is the medical specialty that focuses on comprehensive adult care. Doctors who practice internal medicine are also called internists. They care for a person for the duration of his or her lifetime.
Internal Medicine Doctor vs. Family Practitioner
Internal medicine doctors study adult medicine and are skilled in diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Internists have a wide-range of knowledge based on complex diseases. Family practitioners treat all people from age 0 through 100, and specialize in family practice.
Conditions treated by Internists
Internists treat –
- Vascular and heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Blood problems
- Joint and rheumatologic problems
- Kidney problems
- Digestive problems
- Urinary problems
- Mental health issues
- Neurological problems
- Endocrine/hormonal problems
- Infectious diseases
They also treat substance abuse, women’s health, mental health and common problems of the ears, eyes, skin, reproductive organs, and nervous system.
An internist treats a variety of acute and chronic conditions and can also coordinate many subspecialists in order to treat a certain ailment or disease.
Internal medicine doctors focus on the whole patient, solve puzzling diagnostic problems and handle severe chronic illnesses and situations.
While internists focus on general internal medicine, many have additional training to subspecialize in one of 13 different areas which include adolescent medicine, allergy and immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology, infectious diseases, nephrology, oncology, pulmonology, rheumatology and sports medicine.
To know more or to schedule an appointment with internal medicine doctors in San Diego, call Pacific Medical Care at 619-333-8114 or visit www.pacificmedicalcare.net.