Primary Care And Sick Visit Specialist

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The Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center doctors are the primary care providers for countless patients throughout northern Illinois. Whether you’re sick, have an infection, or just need an annual checkup, Northstar physicians offer preventive care and ongoing maintenance at their office located in Lisle and service the cities of Naperville, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Bolingbrook, IL. If you’re looking for a primary care doctor, call Northstar today, or book an appointment online.

Why would I need to see a primary care doctor?
What tests do primary care doctors perform?
What are the most common illnesses?
Why should I get a preventive screening?
Why would I need to see a primary care doctor?

Your primary care doctor is your go-to provider for any of your health concerns. Maybe you have aches and pains, or perhaps you have another general health concern like diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol. Regular medical care gives you the best chance for better health.

Common reasons you might need a primary care office visit include:

  • Sick visits
  • Regular physical exams
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Stomach complications
  • Menopausal complications

Many diseases are preventable in their early stages; your physician can keep them from developing into something more serious.

What tests do primary care doctors perform?

At your visit, you may need to undergo some diagnostic testing. You’ll be able to discuss your concerns, have an assessment, and you might be sent for tests. Typical primary care diagnostic tests include:

  • MRI
  • X-rays
  • General blood tests
  • Nerve conduction velocity

At primary care visits for one health complication, your doctor may find another health complication and can alter your treatment plan accordingly.

What are the most common illnesses?

According to a new study by the Mayo Clinic, the most common reasons for doctor visits in the United States are skin ailments, back pain, and joint disorders. These are not life-threatening conditions. Other common reasons for doctor visits are high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and high cholesterol.

Many of these visits are related to skin disorders such as acne, cysts, and dermatitis. With skin disorders, many of the symptoms are easily visible, so monitor any changes and areas of concern and discuss them with your primary care doctor.

Why should I get a preventive screening?

Preventive screening is critical for detecting early developments and signs of more serious chronic health conditions. Common preventive screenings include:

  • Thyroid panel
  • Cardiac lipid profile
  • Blood pressure check
  • Kidney and liver function test
  • Diabetes and blood sugar check

Being proactive and seeking preventive care is an investment in your future health. Take care of yourself now, and take steps to lower your risk for chronic diseases and health complications in the future.

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