INTERNAL MEDICINE

Overview

Doctors of internal medicine, called internists focus on comprehensive adult medicine. While the name internal medicine may lead one to believe that internists only treat internal problems, this is not the case. Doctors of internal medicine treat the whole person, not just internal organs. They care for their patients for life, from late teen years through old age.

While an Internalist is often confused with a general or family practitioner there are distinct differences between the two. For instance, an Internalist devotes three years of education to studying adult medicine, specifically learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internalists have an expansive knowledge of complex diseases that affect adults and are specifically trained;  not only to diagnose and treat disease, but to prevent the initial onset of these diseases by recognizing and controlling risk factors such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Internalists are also trained to diagnose and treat chronic illness and specific situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.

An Internalist can treat you for something as routine as the flu or fatigue or provide in-depth care for diseases such as diabetes, lung or heart disease. Internalists often coordinate the many subspecialists the patient might see in the process of treating illness. Internalists' patient's like knowing that they have a long-term relationship with a physician who is equipped to deal with whatever the patient brings, no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. 

Doctors of internal medicine treat the whole body. From the late teens through the advanced years.

General Health Services

  • Respiratory 

  • Vascular and Heart 

  • Blood and Circulatory 

  • Kidney and Renal/Urinary

  • Joint and Rheumatologic 

  • Digestive

  • Endocrine and Hormonal 

  • Neurological 

  • Infectious Disease

  • Mental Health

  • Diabetes

Tests 

  • Memory

  • Dementia

  • Alzheimer's

  • Spirometry

 

In Office Exams 

  • Full Physicals

  • Well Women Exams

  • Annual Wellness Visits

  • Mid-year Follow-ups

Scans 

  • Bone Density

  • EKG

 

Injections

  • Flu vaccine

  • B-12

  • Prolia

  • Pneumonia

  • TB

  • Tetanus

BONE DENSITY SCAN

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is the most widely used and most thoroughly studied bone density measurement technology. The DXA scan is typically used to diagnose and follow osteoporosis, as contrasted to the nuclear bone scan, which is sensitive to certain metabolic diseases of bones in which bones are attempting to heal from infections, fractures, or tumors.

DXA scans are used primarily to evaluate bone mineral density. DXA scans can also be used to measure total body composition and fat content with a high degree of accuracy comparable to hydrostatic weighing with a few important caveats.[3] However, it has been suggested that, while very accurately measuring minerals and lean soft tissue (LST), DXA may provide skewed results as a result of its method of indirectly calculating fat mass by subtracting it from the LST and/or body cell mass (BCM) that DXA actually measures.[4] DXA scans are also used to assess adiposity in children, especially to conduct clinical research. [Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-energy_X-ray_absorptiometry

Jerry Ellen Owensby, M.D., P.C. Copyright 2020