There are many different types of healthcare physicians, with their own unique area of focus. Each type of physician has different training and experience in order to best care for their patients. There are primary care doctors and secondary care doctors. Primary care doctors are family doctors, pediatricians, and internists. Secondary care doctors are specialists, such as podiatrists and cardiologists.
Here we will talk about the different healthcare physicians available for patients at Hudson MD Group – a large multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey – and what they can do for you.
Primary Care Doctors
Primary care physicians (PCPs) are the first line of defense against illness and disease for most patients. They provide preventive care, diagnose and treat common conditions, and refer patients to specialists when necessary. PCPs play an important role in coordinating a patient’s overall care.
Primary care doctors treat acute and chronic medical conditions, as well as provide the following services:
- Annual physicals and health screenings
- Immunizations and vaccinations
- Counseling on lifestyle changes to promote wellness
Family medicine physicians can treat patients of all ages – which includes children. Internal medicine physicians focus on treating adults, while pediatricians treat children only.
Podiatrists are medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. In addition to treating conditions such as bunions, heel pain, and ingrown toenails, podiatrists also perform routine foot care such as nail trimming and callus removal. They are often able to provide care for patients with diabetes, arthritis, and other chronic conditions that can cause pain or difficulty walking. In addition to offering medical treatments, podiatrists may also prescribe orthotic devices (such as arch supports or custom-made orthotics) to help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.
Cardiology doctors are medical professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating heart conditions. Cardiology doctors often use diagnostic tests such as echocardiograms and stress tests to assess a patient’s heart health, and may very well use other tests and procedures to evaluate the health of the heart and blood vessels, identify problems, and develop treatment plans. If surgery is needed, cardiologists can refer you to a cardiac surgeon who can provide treatments such as valve repair and replacement, aortic aneurysm and dissection repair, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), angioplasty, and pacemaker insertion. Even with a referral to a cardiac surgeon, cardiologists continue to work with patients to help them prevent or manage their heart condition or disease, prescribing medication and lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of heart-related complications and become healthier overall.
Primary Care Doctors and Specialists in West Orange, New Jersey
Hudson MD Group is a multi-specialty practice in West Orange, NJ with a roster of doctors that keeps growing. We have primary care and secondary care physicians on our team. Let us know what you need, and we will recommend the appropriate physician for you.
For any questions about our physicians or medical services, our friendly staff is more than happy to help you. Call our clinic today at (973) 705-4914 or use our secure online form to send us a message or to request a consultation with a physician.