Internal Medicine Doctor Questions and Answers
What does it mean if a doctor specializes in internal medicine?
In simple terms, an internal medicine doctor refers to a physician that has specialized training to treat complex health issues in our body’s various systems. An internal medicine specialist, sometimes called an internist, is usually first trained in general medicine, and has completed further study in more complex, specialized care.
Usually, when a patient is struggling with a complex health issue, and other healthcare professionals have been unable to diagnose or effectively treat it, an internal medicine doctor is called in to consult and help. Basically, they are extremely knowledgeable specialists in all the complex inner workings of bodies. Internal medicine doctors care primarily for adults, sometimes specifically for older adults. They can diagnose, treat, and help prevent the onset or progression of certain diseases. Internal medicine physicians may have their own practice, but they also commonly work in environments like hospitals and clinics.
How do I find a good internal medicine doctor?
Finding a good internal medicine doctor can be difficult, as sometimes you may need a referral from your primary care provider or an acute care physician to see one. If you are being treated in an acute care setting, you may encounter an internal medicine doctor without having to request or be referred, as they may be called in to help diagnose and treat you.
At Restore Health Urgent Care, we have internal medicine doctors on staff that can see you whenever you are in need of one, and can be part of your care team to provide the treatment and support you need. Simply call us to find out more information and schedule an appointment today.
When should I see an internal medicine doctor?
This will depend on your specific situation, your health history, and your needs. If you’ve been struggling with an ongoing health issue and it’s been puzzling to you and your previous care providers, seeing an internal medicine doctor is usually the next essential step in having your issue properly diagnosed and treated. Basically, if you’re confused about your health issue and not sure where to turn, consulting with an internal medicine doctor can be a very helpful process.
Internal medicine doctors also regularly treat patients with chronic conditions like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, lung disease, or liver and kidney problems. They may either be the primary doctor working with those patients, or they may have been called in by another physician to consult or help with that patient’s case. If you are living with any of those conditions, but are struggling to manage it or want a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment plan, an internal medicine doctor can also be helpful in that regard. You may speak with your primary care provider to get a referral or see if this step is right for you, but at Restore Health Urgent Care, we have internal medicine doctors that you can see by scheduling an appointment or requesting more information.
Do I need to make an appointment or can I walk in to see an internal medicine specialist?
In other care settings, you may need an appointment to see an internal medicine specialist. In many walk-in clinics, the care providers available are general practice physicians or family doctors. However, at Restore Health Urgent Care, we have internal medicine doctors that are available by appointment. Even if you’re not sure if an internal medicine doctor is right for you, you can call us to discuss your needs and concerns, and we can set you up with the right care provider. In addition to internal medicine doctors, we also have a team of primary care providers and other specialists who are suited to care for a variety of patients and health concerns.