Family medicine is all about caring for you and the members of your family with routine check-ups, health maintenance visits, and well-being consultations. It’s about providing a place you can walk into to receive medical care when needed.
Family medicine at Cyrus Advanced Institute is about having a convenient, friendly medical office working for you and providing thorough, convenient care on your terms.
While most people are familiar with the term “family medicine,” many of them don’t recognize the expansive array of services and benefits it includes. Our location can provide everything from annual physicals and hormone replacement therapy to cervical cancer screenings, bloodwork, diabetes, HTN treatment, and more.
What Is Family Medicine?
Simply stated, family medicine is a branch of medicine that provides basic healthcare services to all members of a family. Considered to be a medical specialty within primary medical care, it provides continuing care for families with members of all genders, ages, conditions, and affected areas of the body.
Doctors distinguished as family medicine physicians are the only specialists who are qualified to provide treatment for most ailments. They are not limited by age, gender, or diagnosis.
You may have heard of internal medicine, which is similar in some ways. However, internal medicine is specific to adults aged 18 and over, while family medicine is for people of all ages, from birth until death.
What Can Family Medical Centers Treat and Help With?
Family doctors can treat an enormous array of conditions, maladies, illnesses, and injuries. When something comes up that is out of their realm of knowledge or specialty, they will refer a patient to an appropriate medical specialist for further customized treatment.
Some of the chronic illnesses and conditions treatable within family medicine include, but are not limited to:
- Diabetes mellitus (DM)
- Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Thyroid diseases (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism)
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
In addition, mild respiratory conditions like asthma and seasonal allergies may be treated by family medical doctors, along with other long-term conditions.
A Note about Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus
Both of these conditions are chronic metabolic conditions that need close medical supervision and management. Family medical clinics like ours must follow up and check on patients with these conditions at least once every three months.
Diabetes is assessed with a blood test known as the HbA1C (hemoglobin A1C or just A1C for short). This test checks blood sugar levels over the last three months and is used to provide healthcare providers with information about whether your diabetes is well-controlled.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a quiet condition that can have devastating effects if not controlled. Believing that a person’s blood pressure is okay just because they have no symptoms is often a mistake. This is why it’s so important to regularly follow up with a family medical doctor.
We have an advanced preventive program for women that can help you feel your best throughout your life. Our doctors can not only perform well-being checkups for women but also focus on specific conditions, some of which are:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic pain
- Breast cancer
- Menopause management
- Cervical cancer screenings
- Menstrual irregularities
- Pregnancy testing
- Gynecological infections
Women have unique needs and concerns regarding their health at various stages of life, and a family medicine center can be the best place to regularly check up on those unique needs.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
There are many different maladies, conditions, and disturbances that can be traced to hormone imbalances. This is especially the case for women who are entering or have entered menopause.
Women are not the only ones who can suffer from hormone imbalances; men can suffer from many effects as well. Men can enter a phase known as andropause. Some of the effects of a hormone imbalance for men or women can be:
- Chronic headaches
- Weight gain
- Decreased libido
- Foggy thinking and memory issues
- Menstrual irregularities
- Loss of muscle mass
In addition, one of the most significant elements being researched today to delay or improve Alzheimer’s dementia is hormone balance. Our medicine center can manage hormonal conditions and help improve patients’ quality of life.
Walk-In Visits for Family Medicine
Walk-in visits are available when a person has an urgent medical need that is NOT life-threatening. Some situations that would be appropriate for these types of visits might be sports injuries, uncontrolled blood sugar levels, urinary tract infections, and uncontrolled hypertension.
It’s recommended that people still call to check when the best time to come in might be. This is because centers like ours do still see patients with scheduled appointments, as well as walk-ins. If you require chronic medical management, you must make a regularly scheduled appointment. Walk-in visits are not appropriate for this type of care.
In-House Lab Work
One of the most convenient aspects of a family medicine center like ours is the ability to have blood work performed right on-site. At our location, Quest is the lab that performs lab work.
However, if you prefer, you can have your bloodwork done at any other Quest location or another lab. We know how important it is for our patients to have as many options for their medical care as possible.
Our Family Medicine Center in El Paso, TX
As part of our commitment to the health and happiness of our patients, we offer services and treatments that range from cosmetics, anti-aging, and weight management to family medicine, skin care, and beyond.
Contact us today to learn more about the wide variety of services available at Cyrus Advanced Institute of Family Medicine and Skin Care Center.