How Primary Care Physicians Are Expanding Their Medical Scope To Provide You With More Services

It was not too long ago that primary care physicians would see a patient for the initial complaints and then refer the patients to specialists and experts if the diagnosis or problem was out of their scope of knowledge or beyond their medical practice. That is changing very quickly. Now many primary care physicians are increasing their knowledge and skills so that they can treat many more intermediate to advanced health issues. Here are some examples of services that can now be performed by your primary care doctor or in your primary care doctor's clinic.

Diagnose, Set and Cast Broken Bones

One set of services that you may find new and useful in your primary doctor's office is his or her ability to diagnose, set and cast broken bones. Whereas he or she may have taken X-rays to confirm broken bones before, now your primary doctor can set the simple fractures (i.e., fractures that make one or two clean breaks and have not broken the skin) and make a cast around the broken bones right there in the clinic. If the only visible fracture you have is a hairline fracture, then the doctor will probably give you an air splint to wear until the hairline fracture has healed enough to bear or carry weight.

Perform More Complex Tests for Autoimmune Disorders

The offices of some primary care physicians now have many diagnostic pieces of equipment. If your doctor wants to get a complex blood panel test, a CT scan (to check for head trauma), or even visual tests to look for multiple sclerosis, it is very possible that it can be done right in your doctor's office now. More tests for more complex health issues are becoming easier and easier to do. This means that you will spend less time scheduling appointments with specialists and experts and less time running to appointments because you can have the tests done at your primary doctor's clinic.

Provide Total Patient Care by Staffing the Clinic with Internists and Mental Health Experts

Internists working in your primary physician's office are there as consultants as well as specialists for anything that may stump the the other doctors present. Additionally, the clinic may have mental health therapists on hand for counseling in the event that patients receive unsettling news and need someone to talk to or they have been diagnosed with a mental health issue that mimics physical health problems. Working in tandem with these other professionals in the same clinic means that your doctor always knows what is going on with you and he or she can see you for immediate follow-ups right after tests, counseling, etc.

To learn more, contact a company like Rural Health Services Consortium Incor