Primary Care In Gilbert AZ
Health care which is focused on health optimization, prevention, and vitality. We have a comprehensive approach to healthcare that includes addressing age-related issues, preventative care, wellness, weight management, hormone support, and treatment for erectile dysfunction and low testosterone.
Our Primary Care Services Include:
Comprehensive testing and Optimization of your all your hormones: Testosterone, Thyroid, DHEA, and Estrogens
In-Office and Telemedicine Consultations and Treatment.
General blood work
Food allergy testing
Lung and heart exams
Prostate PSA screening and exams
Screening for acute and chronic illness- colds, the flu and allergies
STD(I) screening and treatment
Nutrition and Nutritional IV therapy
What Is Primary Care?
Primary care is simply the main source for a patient’s regular medical care, being the one constant between other health care services. All family providers, and many pediatricians and internists, practice primary care.
What Is The Goal Of Primary Care?
The goal of primary care is to provide the patient with a broad spectrum of preventive and curative care and to coordinate all the care the patient receives. Primary care practices often provide a medical home for an entire family. There is a greater focus on preventive care and staying well.
What Is A Primary Care Provider?
A primary care provider, such as Joel Salter, is a specialist in Family Medicine or Pediatrics. In the past, primary care providers were known as family providers or general practitioners (GPs). Your primary care provider is the point of the first contact and takes continuing responsibility for providing your comprehensive care. This care may be preventive, acute, or chronic, and is usually provided to a defined population of continuing patients. The primary care provider serves as the entry point for substantially all of your medical and health care needs. This is not limited, as are specialists, by the problem origin, organ system, or diagnosis. The primary care provider acts as the patient’s advocate and coordinates the use of the entire health care system to benefit the patient. If your problem is more complex or beyond the scope of your primary care provider’s areas of expertise, he or she will refer you to an appropriate specialist.
What Are The Advantages Of Having A Primary Care Provider?
Research shows that patients with a primary care provider have better health outcomes, including fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease, or stroke. The use of primary care providers is also associated with longer life expectancies. Here are four advantages to seeing a provider such as Joel Salter, rather than waiting until you need to see a specialist:
Continuity of care — Over time a primary care provider develops a comprehensive snapshot of your health. This gives them the ability to spot changes earlier than a provider who wasn’t familiar with your health history. The primary care provider provides comprehensive care, and they manage and collaborate with other healthcare professionals when the need for specialty care arises.
Medication management — Over one-third of Americans take at least one prescription drug, with the average number of medications being four medications. That can get confusing when different specialists have prescribed different drugs that may have side effects when the drugs interact. Your primary care provider can keep track of all medications you’re taking, noting changes in dosages or frequency that could trigger side effects.
Prevention — The more a provider is aware of your overall health, the more likely they will be able to identify health problems before they happen. If your past health history seems to point to a higher risk of certain diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, your primary care provider can recommend tests to keep tabs on that risk. This lowers the chances the disease or problem will become a reality.
Behavioral health — Primary care providers are also tasked with monitoring the patient’s behavioral health. This means screening patients for depression or feelings of anxiety during their visits. This is a far more comfortable situation than an unknown provider trying to ascertain how you feel mentally. Your primary provider has a history with you, and he or she can spot signs of problems.
What Should I Expect From A Visit To My Primary Care Provider?
Your primary care provider is a generalist and can address most of your day-to-day health care needs. If a health problem is beyond their scope, they will refer you to the appropriate specialist, such as a cardiologist.
Otherwise, you’ll see your primary care provider for your yearly physical exam. During that appointment, there will be a give and take of information about your health over the past year, things you’re doing for exercise, and other information. This is when you could be given advice on preventative ways to avoid illness or certain conditions that you could be at risk of developing.
You’ll also see your primary care provider for non-emergency problems that arise, such as the flu. Or, if you tweak your back your primary care provider would be the first stop to suggest treatment to ease the pain and settle things down.
Schedule An Appointment Today!
Contact Salter Med to learn more about our primary care services by giving us a call at (480)-505-1522. We serve Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Temple, Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area