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Internal medicine physicians (or internists) see adult patients to prevent, diagnose, and treat patients over the age of 18. We strongly encourage preventative medicine and are also specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. We are especially well trained in the diagnosis of puzzling medical problems, in the ongoing care of chronic illnesses, and in caring for patients with more than one disease.
We are not family physicians, family practitioners, or general practitioners, whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include surgery, obstetrics, and pediatrics. We have extensive and advanced training and experience in multiple internal medicine subspecialties which sets us apart from family physicians and enables us to provide detailed comprehensive care of complicated medical conditions on an ongoing basis without the inconvenience of having to wait weeks or months for subspecialist appointments and follow ups. These fields include (but are not limited to):
We treat many common illnesses, such as cold, flu, and allergies. We also treat heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, ulcers, gastrointestinal illnesses, asthma, menopause, migraines, osteoarthritis, anemia, fatigue, and many other medical conditions. We are not limited by any one internal organ and often diagnose acute medical problems for less common illnesses. We are often called “puzzle physicians” for this reason.
We are trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat all common illnesses, but especially chronic conditions. We are trained to monitor the minute changes in lab work and advise patients of changes that can be made to promote better results and thus better health. We also detect, diagnose, and treat illnesses that are not common, as well as to treat multiple illnesses at a time. We are ideal for patients with more complex medical histories or patients who have higher risk factors for certain diseases. For example, if you know that heart disease or diabetes run in your family, you want an internal medicine practitioner who can help you prevent developing these illnesses. By the same token, if you have an uncommon medical issue, like fibromyalgia, an internal medicine doctor can also help you manage the chronic symptoms of the disorder.