Maiden Lane Medical is a leading primary care medicine practice, providing patients in New York, NY, with state-of-the-art care tailored for the unique needs of adults. In addition to treatments for acute and chronic issues, the practice also offers preventive care to help patients avoid illness and disease.
What is primary care?
Primary care medicine is focused on medical care for adults - specifically, all the tests, treatments, evaluations and screenings focused on helping adults prevent, identify and manage both acute and chronic illnesses and other medical issues, as well as patient education and guidance that can help adult patients understand their health needs and risks and take important steps to stay healthy at every stage of life.
Is a primary care doctor the same as a family doctor?
No, family doctors provide care for pediatric patients as well as adults. A primary care doctor provides care specifically tailored to the unique needs of adult patients and is skilled in diagnosing and identifying diseases more likely to occur in adulthood. Plus, primary care doctors are able to help patients get the care and lifestyle guidance they need to stay healthy as they get older, including important screening tests that can identify many adult diseases in their earliest stages.
Does primary care doctor perform physicals and routine office visits?
Yes, primary care doctors provide all the “usual” care provided by a general practitioner or primary care provider with an emphasis on the diseases and medical conditions that are more common during adulthood. A primary care doctor performs physical exams and orders medical screenings and other evaluations recommended for adults at different stages of life to support optimal wellness as the patient ages. Having an annual physical exam or checkup with a doctor who specializes in primary care helps ensure adult patients get the most effective and most appropriate care based on their needs. Annual checkups also ensure patients get important medical screenings including screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and ovarian cancer, bone density testing, heart disease and other acute and chronic diseases as well as immunizations to ward off diseases like shingles and hepatitis or “booster” shots to renew immunizations received during childhood.