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Primary Care

Your primary care physician treats illnesses and prevents disease while serving as the primary lead in your medical care. At Northstar Urgent Care in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, a board-certified team of physicians provides primary care to patients. With a family-focused, friendly staff and a modern office equipped with cutting-edge equipment, northstar urgent care is a place where your time and health matter.

To schedule your initial consultation, contact the office today. 

What Does a Primary Care Doctor Do?

At northstar urgent care, the team of primary care physicians (PCP) sees patients , working to both treat and prevent diseases. PCPs monitor your health over time, providing health screenings, preventive services, and care of acute illnesses and conditions.

Your PCP also counsels you on how you can optimize your health. These steps may include things like staying up-to-date on vaccinations, losing weight, or engaging in stress-reducing activities. They track your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and heart rate (the first indicators of underlying health conditions).

When needed, PCPs also prescribe a range of medications, from antibiotics for an infection to beta-blockers for hypertension. When conditions develop that require specialized care, your PCP makes referrals and remains the leader in your health management.

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What Happens When You See Your Primary Care Doctor?

When you see your doctor at northstar urgent care, your appointment begins with a nurse taking your height and weight. They then take your vitals, including blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature.

During routine medical appointments, your doctor reviews your medical history and asks if you have any concerns about your health. They listen to your heart and may ask you to perform some simple physical movements.

Throughout the exam, your doctor tests your reflexes and strength. They will also look inside your mouth and ears for any abnormalities.

Depending on your age and health, your doctor may request specific tests to rule out chronic or acute conditions. These can include routine blood work or specialized screenings.

If you’re seeing your doctor because of a pressing issue, the doctor talks with you about your ailment. They may examine the area causing you pain or look for signs of infection. Then they explain your treatment options or request further testing.

How Often Should You See Your Primary Care Doctor?

If you’re an adult in good health, you should see your PCP any time you have an acute condition that may require medical care. You should also schedule a yearly well visit.

This routine exam allows your PCP to monitor your health and provides preventive screenings, including things like:

  • Blood Work
  • Urine Screens
  • Mammograms
  • Colonoscopies

When you have a chronic condition, your PCP may request to see you more often to monitor your symptoms.

If you’re in need of a primary care doctor, call northstar urgent care today to schedule your initial consultation.

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