Family Medicine

//Family Medicine
Family Medicine 2018-03-27T00:51:01+00:00

Family Medicine Specialists

First Physicians offers compassionate, personalized care in their family medicine practice at three convenient locations in Odessa, Texas at; East University, Wendover and Westview. The doctors and staff are committed to quality and providing patients the best, evidence-based care for all of their medical needs. Whether you have an ongoing health condition, or a new medical concern, if you’re looking for a physician and doctor’s office that truly cares about you and your health, call First Physicians to schedule an appointment.

Family Medicine Q & A

What is family medicine? 2018-03-27T00:24:25+00:00

Family medicine is a medical specialty in which physicians treat patients of all ages; from the very young, to the very old and all ages in between. Family medicine doctors are trained to treat individual patients as well as whole families. They look at each patient with a broad lens, considering everything that is affecting them and their condition. Family physicians are trained to diagnose and treat all body systems and to care for a wide array of chronic diseases, acute illnesses, and injuries. They also provide care in preventive medicine, teaching patients about lifestyle strategies to help maintain an overall level of optimum health.

What is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine, pediatric medicine and other medical specialties? 2018-03-27T00:24:25+00:00

The family medicine doctors at First Physicians are primary medical care physicians trained to care for patients of all ages and diagnose and treat all body systems and organs. Internists who practice internal medicine, provide primary care to adults. Pediatricians treat infants, children, and teenagers. Medical specialists focus on 1 organ or body system such as an ENT (ear, nose and throat) physician, also known as an otolaryngologist. Family medicine physicians refer patients to specialists as needed and are skilled at coordinating with them to provide the best care for their patients.

What medical conditions are treated by a family medicine doctor and what services do they provide? 2018-03-27T00:24:25+00:00

The doctors at First Physicians diagnose and treat numerous medical conditions and counsel patients on lifestyle strategies for achieving better health.

Acute Illnesses:

  • Asthma exacerbations
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear pain/ear infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Throat pain/throat infections
  • UTI’s (urinary tract infections)
  • Rashes
  • Lab testing for diagnostic purposes in acute illness

Chronic Conditions and Diseases:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Heart disease
  • Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Lab testing related to chronic condition surveillance
  • Skin conditions

Preventive Medical Services:

  • Immunizations and TB testing
  • Health risk assessments
  • Individualized healthy lifestyle counseling
  • Routine check-ups/physicals for patients of all ages
  • Routine labs
  • Well-woman care