Preventive medicine combines routine checkups, preventive screenings, and other preemptive measures to reduce your risk of sickness or injury. Specifically, it tries to detect underlying medical conditions before they get worse and interfere with your ability to work, exercise, or perform other routine tasks.
By participating in preventive medicine, you can lower the risk of potentially serious complications and live a longer, healthier, and more active life.
At Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, the team offers various preventive medicine services, including:
A physical exam is a routine checkup that assesses your physical and neurological well-being. During an exam, your provider checks your weight, blood pressure, and heart rate, examines your skin, palpates your organs, tests your reflexes, and observes your eyes, nose, and throat.
If your provider finds anything unusual, they can order additional tests, like blood work or diagnostic imaging.
Laboratory testing analyzes samples of bodily fluids, like blood, urine, stool, or saliva. Lab tests help the team diagnose medical conditions invisible to the eye, like vitamin deficiencies or hormonal imbalances.
Vaccines, or immunizations, teach your immune system to identify harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria. By getting vaccinated, you can significantly reduce the risk of serious complications like hospitalization.
If you fall and injure a joint or you experience low back pain and your provider is unable to pinpoint the underlying cause, the team might recommend diagnostic imaging. Imaging procedures like X-rays and ultrasound use advanced technologies to capture photos of your hard and soft tissues.
The team at Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, treats most acute and chronic conditions. If you require additional assistance, they can coordinate care with a medical specialist (or specialists) in the area.
The team at Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, recommends participating in preventive medicine at least once each year, especially if you’re age 50 or older.
Many chronic conditions, like high blood pressure and diabetes, present few symptoms early on. Regular checkups can catch these and other issues when they respond best to treatment.
To learn more about the benefits of preventive medicine, make an appointment at At Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, by calling the office today.