Medical Adult Care
Taking care of the general health needs of adult’s patients. Providing health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses.
We treat patients ages 16 to 21. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends people be under pediatric care up to the age of 21.
Physical Exam Is the process of evaluating objective anatomic findings through the use of observation, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. The information obtained must be thoughtfully integrated with the patient's history and pathophysiology.
Laboratory Testing (Blood work)
Samples of blood, urine, or other tissues or substances taken from the body to help diagnose disease or other conditions. Below are few of the labs we offer. Contact us if the lab you are looking for is not listed.
• CBC (Complete Blood Count): Determines general health and screens for disorders such as anemia or infections, as well as nutritional status and toxic substance exposure.
• BMP (Basic Metabolic Panel): A group of 7-8 tests used as a screening tool to check for conditions like diabetes and kidney disease. You may be asked to fast for 10 to 12 hours prior to test.
• CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel): This group of 14 tests gives your provider information about the kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as of blood sugar and blood proteins.
• Glucose: Used to identify blood glucose level, and to screen for, diagnose, and monitor diabetes, pre-diabetes, and hypoglycemia. If you are diabetic, glucose levels should be monitored up to several times a day.
• AIC (Hemoglobin A1C or Glycohemoglobin): Used to monitor a person’s diabetes and to aid in treatment decisions, this test is usually performed with the first diagnosis and then 2 to 4 times per year.
A urine drug test is the most commonly used test when job applicants or employees are screened for illegal drugs or alcohol use.
Drugs that are screened for in a typical urine drug test for employment purposes include amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, ethamphetamines, opiates, nicotine, and alcohol.
If you're sexually active, particularly with multiple partners, you've probably heard the following advice many times: Use protection and get tested. This is important because a person can have a sexually transmitted disease without knowing it.
In many cases, there aren't any signs or symptoms. In fact, that's why many experts prefer the term sexually transmitted infections (STIs), because you can have an infection without disease symptoms.
An X-ray machine produces a controlled beam of radiation, which is used to create an
image of the inside of your body. This beam is directed at the area being examined. After passing through the body, the beam falls on a piece of film or a special plate where it casts a type of shadow.
Different tissues in the body block or absorb the radiation differently. Dense tissue, such as bone, blocks most of the radiation and appears white on the film. Soft tissue, such as muscle, blocks less radiation and appears darker on the film.
Often multiple images are taken from different angles so a more complete view of the area is available. The images obtained during Xray exams may be viewed on film or put through a process called “digitizing” so that they can be viewed on a computer screen.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
which is a special test that produces clear, detailed pictures of the organs and structures in your body. The test uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to create images in cross-section.
An X-ray is good at showing bones, whereas an MRI is better at depicting structures made of soft tissue such as ligaments, cartilage, and organs, including your eyes, brain, and heart.
Which are used to check lumps that you or your health care provider have found in a physical exam. They can help determine which lumps are cancerous and which are
noncancerous (benign). In many cases, suspicious lumps are biopsied and removed, even when the lump appears noncancerous on a mammogram.
Mammograms also can show a more exact location of a growth before you have surgery or a biopsy to remove it. Summit Medical Group also offers breast tomosynthesis, an advanced type of mammogram that offers a more detailed, three-dimensional image of the breast.
This technology improves the detection and characterization of abnormal breast tissue, even for women with dense breasts.
Which is a safe and painless procedure to look at the organs inside the body. It uses high-frequency sound waves and their echoes to create video pictures of the organs.
It is especially useful for examining soft tissue such as the kidneys, liver, and uterus. Soft tissue does not show up well on regular X-ray images.
The electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used to
assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart.
The heart is a two-stage electrical pump and the heart's electrical activity can be measured by electrodes placed on the skin.
Ear Wax Removal
Good intentions to keep ears clean may weaken the ability to hear. The ear is a delicate and intricate body part, including the skin of the ear canal and the eardrum. Therefore, special care should be given to this part of the body. Start by discontinuing the habit of inserting cotton-tipped applicators or other objects into the ear canals. Under ideal circumstances, the ear canals should never have to be cleaned.
However, that isn’t always the case. The ears should be cleaned when enough earwax accumulates to cause symptoms or to prevent a needed assessment of the ear by your doctor. This condition is call cerumen impaction, and may cause one or more of the following symptoms: Earache, fullness in the ear, or a sensation when the ear is plugged. Partial hearing loss, which may be progressive. Tinnitus: ringing, or noises in the ear. Itching, odor, or discharge.
Immunization: We offer Flu Vaccine and PPD
Immunizations - Vaccines ``teach`` your body how to defend itself when germs, such as viruses or bacteria, invade it.
They expose you to a very small, very safe number of viruses or bacteria that have been weakened or killed. Your immune system then learns to recognize and attack the infection if you are exposed to it later in life. As a result, you will not become ill, or you may have a milder infection. This is a natural way to deal with infectious diseases.
Minor Surgical Procedures
A minor surgical procedure typically includes any procedure that can be safely performed in an outpatient setting, without the use of general anesthesia or the need for respiratory assistance. We perform such procedures in a safe, sterile environment, using a local anesthetic delivered by either an injection or a topical cream.
Most minor cuts and scrapes heal on their own, with little more intervention needed than mild soap and water to keep them clean. But more serious cuts or incisions from surgical procedures may require stitches, or sutures, to hold tissues together while they heal.
Sutures may be taken out all at one visit, or sometimes, they may be taken out over a period of days if the wound requires it. Different parts of the body require suture removal at varying times. Common periods of time for removal are as follows, but times vary according to the health care professionals that perform the procedure:
• Face: 3-5 days
• Scalp: 7-10 days
• Trunk: 7-10 days
• Arms and legs: 10-14 days
• Joints: 14 days
Standards of Medical Care for Patients With Diabetes Mellitus. Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires continuing medical care and patient self-management education to prevent acute complications and to reduce the risk of long-term complications.