Have you visited your primary care provider (PCP) lately? If you don't have a PCP, or lately you've been a stranger, you could be missing out on a critical piece of your health care: an ongoing relationship with a provider who knows you well.
A PCP is a doctor or other medical provider who sees you for most medical needs, including routine checkups. During visits, your provider monitors your health and symptoms for any changes. They also help make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and that you're getting any recommended screenings for diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer.
Primary care providers throughout T.J. Regional Health offer a variety of services for you and your family, including:
- Management of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, asthma, thyroid problems and diabetes.
- Care for minor illnesses, such as colds, flu and sore throats.
- Sports physicals.
- Minor office procedures, like skin biopsies and joint injections.
- Evaluations for minor injuries and musculoskeletal problems.
- Referrals to specialty medical care. If you do develop a condition that may require a specialty physician, your PCP can refer you to one. Health care can be complicated when you have more than one provider to see. A PCP makes navigating your care with other specialists and testing easier.
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