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Internal Medicine

 

Internal medicine physicians (also called adult medicine doctors) focus on healthcare for adults. You can choose an internal medicine doctor to be your primary care physician (PCP). They provide well-care, preventive care and expert care for ongoing health concerns. Our internal medicine doctors keep your whole health in mind. Think of them as wellness partners who help you stay healthy through adulthood.

Prevention and wellness

Some of us are real sticklers when it comes to routine care and maintenance — for our cars, homes, even our lawns. But when it comes to our health, not so much. Partnering with an internal medicine doctor can help you take a more active role in your health.

If you’re not sure how to start living your healthiest life, let your adult medicine doctor point the way. And, if a health issue pops up, they’re here to help you catch it early, when it’s easier to treat, manage or reverse. Of course, if you’re already working hard to stay healthy and avoid hospital stays, your internal medicine doctor can help keep you on track.

Annual Exams and Screenings

You may feel fine, or feel like you are too busy to schedule time with your doctor. But, one of the best things you can do for your health is to make time for your yearly appointment. An annual exam or quick health screening is often all it takes to make sure you’re in peak health. If you need further care, the sooner you know, the sooner your doctor can treat you. That’s why it makes sense to follow the screening schedules below or your doctor’s personalized recommendations.

Health Screening Guide

Vaccinations

You don’t outgrow vaccinations. Adult vaccinations help prevent serious illnesses like measles, the flu (influenza), shingles, whooping cough and pneumonia. When you protect yourself, you help keep your family, neighborhood and community healthier too. Something as simple as getting your flu shot helps protect the most vulnerable people around you — from the tiniest baby in your family to your friend who is being treated for cancer.

Orlando Health follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for adult immunizations.

View our top recommended immunizations for adults

Setting Long-Term Health Goals

There’s so much conflicting health information it’s hard to know what to do. Are eggs on or off the menu? Do you need to ditch dairy? Who won the weight loss wars: cardio or weightlifting?

Look to your adult medicine doctor for answers. It’s the only way to know what’s true and healthy for your body, your challenges, your life. Your internal medicine doctor works with you to set long-term goals and short-term wins to keep you inspired along the way. 

Questions For an Internist

Once you start seeing an internal medicine doctor on a regular basis, it’s important to ask the right questions. For general checkups, consider these questions to help get the most out of your visit:

Do I have any upcoming screenings?

How is my weight?

Is there anything I should (or shouldn’t) be eating?

What’s the best way for me to lose weight?

Does the medication I’m taking need to be changed or adjusted?

How can I learn more about my personal health?

What Internet resources do you recommend for health information?

What should I work on before I see you again?

What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

What do you do for personal wellness?

When will I need to see you again?

If you’re having a specific health issue, these questions will help you better understand your condition:

How serious is my condition?

How will it affect my life?

What symptoms should I look for?

What types of treatment do you suggest?

Are there side effects from the treatment?

What are the chances the treatment will work?

What’s life going to be like during and after the treatment?

Conditions We Treat

Internal medicine specialists treat many adult illnesses and injuries. Here is just a short list of some of the common concerns:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cholesterol
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Skin disorders
  • Ulcers
  • Urinary tract infections