Primary care is an important first step in getting better after an injury or illness.
Complete Injury Management’s goal is to help people who have been injured recover quickly and get back to their life pain free and healthy. Primary care physicians play an important role in this process. Trained in general practice, meaning they can treat and diagnose a myriad of injuries and illnesses, primary care doctors and nurses can help identify the cause of your symptoms, and if necessary, refer you to a medical professional who is experienced with your specific diagnoses.
Amongst primary care providers, there are several different types of physicians. Which type you decide to see should be based on your condition, how long you foresee needing ongoing care, and your views on alternative medicine. Here are three of the most common primary care physicians:
Family Practice Physicians provide the most general care. They can treat all ages and genders for the most common conditions, including sports injuries. They’re referred to as “Family Doctors” because they can treat each member of the family, and are commonly used for ongoing care over a long period of time. They’re familiar with all organs of the body and nearly all diseases. They’ll often give general health advice in addition to their treatment, and can refer you to another doctor if necessary.
Commonly called “Internists”, Internal Medicine Physicians only treat adults, but are generally more experienced in one or more areas. They can treat the most common conditions and refer patients to other doctors, like Family Physicians, but don’t provide comprehensive, ongoing care to the entire family. Internists can still provide initial care, but are more commonly found in inpatient settings (hospitals) instead of outpatient (doctors office).
Similar to chiropractors, osteopaths practice an alternative to traditional medicine which is non-invasive and drug-free. Osteopaths, however, treat a wider array of conditions than chiropractors, who focus mostly on the spine and joints. Osteopaths take an holistic view of patient care, and will often recommend lifestyle changes and exercises to compliment their hands-on manual adjustments of the spine, respiratory, and digestive system.