Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Family medicine is a clinical specialization and an academic, scientific discipline. The health care system, for most people, starts precisely with family medicine. It encompasses services to all family members regardless of age, gender, or the type of problem a family member is experiencing. Out of all the branches of medicine, family medicine is the closest you can get to patient orientation, in the sense of dedication to the patient and creating a close bond between the doctor and patient over a period of time. 

Here are some of the benefits of family medicine:

  • Continual care over time and in various conditions
  • Unique epidemiology and a specific decision-making process
  • Handles health problems in their physical, psychological, social, and cultural environments, to differentiate from the standard clinical environment 
  • Promotes the development and maintenance of good health through appropriate, safe, and effective interventions
  • Uses resources in an effective and safe way through coordination of care, management of patients and establishing and maintaining contact with other professionals

The clinical guide to family medicine includes the following:

  • Guide for quitting smoking
  • Child obesity (causes and solutions)
  • Physical activity (exercise methods and recommendations)
  • Adult obesity (causes and solutions)
  • Guide to dyslipidemia (high amount of lipids in the blood – fat phospholipids, cholesterol, triglycerides)
  • Diseases of the endocrine glands 
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Anemia
  • Urinary tract conditions
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Eye conditions (cataracts, bulging eyes, color blindness, retinitis, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, eye floaters, etc.)
  • Thyroid gland diseases
  • Infections
  • Ear conditions (hearing loss, vertigo, ringing in the ears, infections, hearing aids, protruding ears, dizziness, etc.)
  • Mental illness
  • Gastrointestinal tract diseases
  • Skin conditions (acne, blisters, cold sores, hives, allergies, etc.)

Preventive Care

Preventive family medicine focuses on maintaining health and protecting against disease, disability or death by educating the patient and making sure they come in for routine visits.

  • Routine checkups
  • Pre-surgery checkups
  • Annual Physicals
  • Health-risk assessments
  • Immunization / Vaccinations
  • Personalized counseling for weight loss

Acute Diseases

Dr. Lopez del Castillo is committed to his patients shared goal for high quality, cost-effective, ongoing health care management.

  • Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Treatment of minor injuries
  • Ear, nose and throat care
  • Bone and joint care
  • Eye care

Chronic Diseases

The practice focuses on a variety of illnesses that last for at least three months or more. The majority of these diseases cannot be prevented through vaccinations or cured without proper long-term treatment.

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Mental and behavioral health care

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