What is primary care? Primary care is a combination of general health services that include preventative care, wellness, and common illness treatment. These providers get to know their patients along with their complete medical histories to gauge methods of wellness for them. 

Additionally, primary care providers (PCPs) see patients of all ages, often referred to as family medicine practices. 

What Services Are Offered? 

Primary care practices offer a multitude of services to their patients. These services are commonly offered include the following:

  • Well-visits
  • Check-ups
  • Annual Physicals
  • High blood pressure
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Acid reflux/GERD
  • Diabetes
  • Lab work
  • Thyroid issues
  • Vaccinations for adults and children
  • Nutrition and weight loss care
  • Treatment of minor illnesses and injuries
  • Coordinating care with other specialists for chronic conditions
  • Pediatric care
  • Adolescent care
  • Basic women’s health services (pap smears and other ob-gyn-related conditions).

What Types Of Medical Providers Work At These Clinics?

Typically, providers will be either physicians or nurse practitioners. Many practices employ board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants to assist physicians with their patient duties. 

The Difference Between Primary Care and Internal Medicine 

Internal medicine practices generally focus on older adult patients who have chronic conditions. These providers treat already existing conditions, while primary care providers have a strong focus on preventative medicine. Additionally, these clinics see a wide variety of patients consisting of children and adults. 

When Should I Visit PCP? 

When you visit a PCP  may vary depending on your age and health status. Unlike urgent care, primary care facilities take well-visits. This can consist of check-ups, physicals, or vaccine renewals. Family medicine practices can also treat common illnesses like a cold or strep throat, but getting an appointment quickly could be difficult.

Additionally, if you suffer from repeat illnesses or conditions, it may be time to schedule a visit with your primary care provider. They can hopefully get to the root of your problem instead of diagnosing and treating the same problem multiple times. 

How Should I Choose A Clinic? 

Choosing a clinic for your healthcare is a big decision that should be taken seriously. Firstly, you want to make sure that the practice offers the services you need.  

You should also ensure that the practice is staffed with board-certified healthcare professionals, whether doctors, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners. 

Why Primary Care at MainStreet Family Care

MainStreet Family Care offers care for you and the whole family. We are committed to providing you with quality care, and our primary care services are extensive. 

Each of our clinics is staffed with board-certified medical professionals that take pride in treating your conditions. 

Turn To MainStreet Family Care

Need a PCP? MainStreet Family Care is here for you! All you need to do is sign up for the patient portal, and we will take care of the rest.