What is an Internal Medicine Physician?

Would you like to see the same doctor whether you have bronchitis or hurt your finger? Internal medicine physicians are uniquely qualifiedinternal medicine physician to care for all of your healthcare needs. Dr. Nizar Hussain of Woodbridge Primary Care in Woodbridge, VA, explains how internal medicine physicians help you stay healthy.

What is internal medicine?

Internal medicine physicians are primary care doctors who treat illnesses, injuries and disease that affect adults. Internal medicine physicians are familiar with common conditions that affect adults, from colds to arthritis to heart disease. Unlike specialists, they focus on the entire body, not one specific area or system. Some internal medicine physicians may also have subspecialties, such as rheumatology or infectious diseases.

What types of conditions and diseases do internal medicine physicians treat?

Internal medicine physicians treat a range of conditions and diseases, including the flu and other upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, headaches, migraines, minor injuries, urinary tract infections, heartburn and other gastrointestinal symptoms, rashes, arthritis, joint and muscle pain, asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. In addition to these physical ailments, internal medicine physicians often provide treatment for mental health issues, such as depression. They may also offer a variety of other services. For example, our Woodbridge office provides Department of Transportation-mandated drug screenings for commercial drivers.

What are the advantages of visiting an internal medicine physician?

When you become a patient of an internal medicine physician, you'll enjoy these benefits:

  • A Strong Relationship: When you see the same doctor for years, you're more likely to develop a positive relationship. Thanks to this strong relationship, you may feel more comfortable discussing very personal health issues. When your doctor sees you regularly, he may also spot small changes in your health that may be subtle signs of a disease or condition.
  • Excellent Diagnostic Skills: Internal medicine physicians are healthcare detectives. They gather and analyze clues to determine the cause of your symptoms. When you have a puzzling health problem, your internal medicine doctor systematically considers all of the possibilities when developing a diagnosis.
  • The Services You Need: In addition to treating illnesses and diseases, internal medicine physicians also offer annual examinations, health screenings, gynecological examinations and vaccines that can help you avoid the flu or other illnesses.

Internal medicine physicians help you maintain your health. If you're concerned about a health issue, or it's been a while since you've had a check up, call Dr. Hussain of Woodbridge Primary Care in Woodbridge, VA, at (703) 494-4116 to make an appointment.