Family Medicine Specialist

Nature Coast Healthcare Center

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Medicine Practice located in Tallahassee, FL

Nature Coast Healthcare Center is a top-ranked family medicine practice in Tallahassee, FL, offering complete care for patients of all ages. The practice provides state-of-the-art care for adults and children, including annual physical exams, acute care visits, general medical visits, and more.

Family Medicine Q & A

What Is Family Medicine?

Family medicine focuses on the needs of children as well as adults, providing preventive care along with treatments for injuries and chronic diseases for patients of all ages. A family doctor, also called a general practitioner or primary care doctor, is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of medical conditions and diseases that can affect people of all ages.

How Often Should I See a Family Doctor?

For most people, regular checkups should happen once a year. However, every patient’s situation is different so talk to your doctor to find the right treatment schedule that works best for you. Annual checkups are an essential part of family medicine. These appointments are critical because these exams are the best way to monitor any changes in your health. When you have a trusting long-term relationship with your physician, it will be much easier for him or her to notice any changes.

What Services Are Included in Family Medicine?

Family doctors like Dr. Okoroji, provide a wide range of care including pediatric care, geriatric care, immunizations, and much more.

  • Screening for: hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, colon cancer, etc.
  • Evaluation and treatment for various acute illnesses and symptoms including: sore throats, ear pain, shortness of breath, bronchitis, allergies, asthma, chest pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, rashes, rosacea, back pain, anxiety and depression, etc.
  • Evaluation and treatment of various chronic medical conditions and symptoms including: sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, heart health, reflux, anemia, migraine headaches, etc.

What Happens During an Annual Well Visit?

Annual checkups begin with a complete personal and family medical history to look for potential risk factors for serious diseases and conditions. The doctor will then check your weight and blood pressure. During the exam, the doctor will listen to your heart and lungs using a stethoscope and evaluate the ears and throat for signs of redness or other issues. The belly and other areas will be gently palpated to check for signs of swelling or discomfort which could indicate a hernia, infection, or other problem. Lab tests like blood tests or urinalysis may be given before or during the exam, depending on the patient’s age and other risk factors. At the end of the exam, patients will receive health and lifestyle recommendations based on their needs and risk factors.

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