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What is Primary Care?

Primary care is typically the first stop in medical care and incorporates several different types of healthcare services. This type of care is provided by doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are responsible for addressing a variety of healthcare needs, developing a continued partnership with patients, and practicing in the setting of family and community. Preventative care, care for common illnesses or chronic conditions, healthcare screenings, laboratory services, and immunizations are all types of healthcare services incorporated in primary care.

Health history, wellness goals, and concerns are all addressed in primary care. Through routine checkups or non-emergency medical care, providers help patients achieve and maintain wellness. Primary care providers offer comprehensive care including disease prevention and screenings, diagnosis and treatment of various illnesses, education related to disease prevention and treatment, injury care, counseling, and coordination of care. For patients that have complex or severe medical problems, primary care providers refer patients to highly trained specialist and follow up with the patient and specialist to ensure top-quality care and best possible health outcomes are received.

Primary Care Services Offered at Roseman Medical Group

Roseman Medical Group has a dedicated team of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners that offer a wide range of primary care services to treat patients of all ages, maintain health, treat illness, or manage chronic diseases. We offer patient-centered healthcare for every stage of life.

Preventative care is a focus in primary care. Preventative/well visits allow primary care providers to identify potential problems as well as determine if family history or lifestyle choices could affect a patient’s health in the future. Preventative/well visits help keep patients healthy and play an important role in a patient’s lifelong health.

Preventative/well visits should be scheduled annually and allow patients to:

  • Develop and maintain a relationship with a primary care provider
  • Discuss how to start and/or sustain a healthy lifestyle
  • Screen and track diseases, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Look for future disease risk, such as high cholesterol and obesity
  • Learn how to identify changes in the body that might be uncharacteristic
  • Update immunizations
  • Keep centralized records of visits to specialists, prescriptions, and health history

Immunizations/annual flu shots help the body build immunity to life-threating diseases. They help protect various age groups against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), influenza (flu), and measles. By keeping vaccinations up-to-date, patients protect themselves, their families, and those within the community. Immunizations are a preventative measure. They help prevent disease that could otherwise lead to costly treatments.

Illness could strike at any time creating the need for a patient and/or their family to be seen right away. Roseman Medical Group offers same day urgent appointments to ensure patients are seen in a timely fashion and on their way to feeling better. Same day appointments may be available for illnesses or injuries that need immediate attention, but don’t require a trip to the emergency room.

Roseman Medical Group provides both general and sports physicals. A general physical is a preventative care measure that a primary care provider performs to determine the general status of a patient’s overall health. Various tests can be performed during a general physical based on age, medical or family history. General physicals give patients the opportunity to talk to their primary care providers about any ongoing pain or symptoms they’re experiencing or any other health concerns they may have.

A sports physical, also known as preparticipation physical examination, helps determine whether it’s safe for a patient to participate in a certain sport. This type of physical is typically a requirement for kids and teens before they participate in a new sport or begin a competitive season. A sports physical helps primary care providers identify and handle possible health problems that might interfere with a patient’s participation in a sport by discussing the patient’s medical history and conducting a physical exam. Additionally, primary care providers can provide training tips, ideas for avoiding injuries, and identify risk factors related to specific sports.

Women have unique health concerns, some of which affect both men and women but have adverse outcomes in women. Women’s health is a focus on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect women. Breast exams, annual pap smears, physical exams, and mental health screenings are all preventative care services that primary care providers utilize to help women gage their overall health and well-being.

Chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression, heart disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease require ongoing treatment and monitoring. Chronic disease management is an integrated care approach to managing conditions which include screenings, check-ups, monitoring and coordinating treatment, and patient education. It helps improve a patient’s quality of life by preventing or minimizing the effects of a disease.

Behavioral healthcare focuses on how a patient’s behavior affects their overall well-being. Roseman Medical Group primary care providers use a holistic approach to help those living with behavioral health issues, such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Through behavioral healthcare, primary care providers can help manage behavioral health concerns with treatments such as therapy, counseling, and medication management.

Medical procedures are used to treat conditions such as diseases or injuries. Roseman Medical Group primary care providers perform a variety of medical procedures including ingrown toenail removal, laceration repair, biopsies, abscess incision and drainage, joint injections, trigger point injection, and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.

Welcome Shawnna Short!

This month, we spotlight Shawnna Short, who joined Roseman University in mid-May as a Nurse Practitioner with the College of Medicine‘s medical practice, Roseman Medical Group (RMG). Shawnna

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