Family Medicine Q & A
What is family medicine?
Family medicine centers like Alexandria Immediate Care provide diagnosis and treatment for most common health concerns and refer you to a specialist or emergency care when appropriate. Family medicine practitioners can take care of all the members of your family, no matter their age, with care and compassion.
Family medicine is a specialty that requires practitioners to have expertise in a wide range of medical areas, so they can provide effective primary care services. Family doctors have a sound knowledge of specialties as diverse as:
At Alexandria Immediate Care, you can feel confident that your physician has the skills and knowledge to provide you with the care you need, whatever your health problem.
What kinds of problems does family medicine cover?
Family medicine covers all but the most specialized or life-threatening medical needs. You can see your provider at Alexandria Immediate Care for:
The team at Alexandria Immediate Care also provides services specifically for men and women, including Pap smears, human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, breast cancer screening, menopause and erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, hormonal imbalances, and prostate exams.
Why should I choose family medicine to provide primary care?
Family medicine is one of three primary care specialties, the other two being pediatrics and general internal medicine. Pediatricians focus on children, and internists focus on adults, whereas family medicine practitioners treat all members of the family, throughout their lives.
The advantage of choosing family medicine over having a pediatrician for your children and seeing an internist yourself is that the entire dynamic of your family unit forms an essential element of the care provision.
When your physician sees any member of your family, they can view each one’s health in the context of the family as a whole, making connections that aid diagnosis and considering the impact on the rest of the family.
For example, if you have a sick child, your family care physician understands the effects the situation could be having on you and other family members, and can offer practical medical and emotional support.
Find out more about the comprehensive range of services provided by your local family medicine facility by calling Alexandria Immediate Care or by booking an appointment online.