Internal medicine is one of the broadest fields of healthcare and spans several sub-branches of medicine. The goal of the field is general diagnostics and treatment of internal illnesses. Invasive methods are not used in internal medicine diagnosis or treatment. The internist/therapist assesses the patient’s health overall, further tracking the consequences of internal organ diseases and specifying a treatment plan for them. A specialist will help to treat both acute and chronic illnesses. For prophylactic purposes, one of the therapist’s tasks is to offer consultations on a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, as well as to recommend the best prophylactic health methods.
A therapist is the initial point of contact on the path of treatment to resolve the patient’s health problems. A significant first step is a gentle examination of the patient. A visit to a therapist is required in cases where there patient:
The cornerstone of a therapist’s check-up is studying the patient’s anamnesis. It includes the patient’s personal recollection of the course of the illness observed, his everyday activities and subjective feelings related to his health problems.
In order to objectively clarify the conclusions drawn, and thorough examination of the patient will be conducted including palpation, knocking and listening. To obtain further data, specialised check-ups may be recommended using various diagnostic methods. A thorough examination of the patient with the help of modern technology and laboratory analyses is crucial to making the most accurate and successful diagnosis possible. If additional check-ups or consultations from specialist doctors or specialists are required, the therapist will issue the relevant referrals to clarify or ascertain the diagnosis.
For a clear and unequivocal diagnosis, appropriate treatment can be provided using state-of-the-art methods. The patient should not that a referral from a family doctor and check-up will help other medical specialists to draw up a more accurate and individually tailored programme in regard to the treatment of any illness. In most cases, a visit to a family doctor is the first step in the process of treating complicated illnesses, which will help to choose specialists in the right fields and the most valuable diagnostic methods to find a solution for the restoration of the patient’s health.
By individually assessing each patient’s state of health, anamnesis and complaints, the therapist can offer the patient the option to undergo a complex health examination programme or check-up programme. A check-up always begins with a consultation from a therapist and usually the most appropriate choice of check-up programme is revealed during the first visit.
Check-ups can be carried out in a single location within 1-3 days, with no queues and in accordance with a carefully planned schedule. Alternatively, screening programmes are available – accelerated specialised diagnostics within the space of a few hours with 2-4 manipulations. Given the rapid rhythm of contemporary life, patients are offered general health examinations or check-up programmes, which include a complete examination of the person’s state of health in the shortest possible space of time without no need for a stay in hospital. If any deviations from the norm are discovered during a check-up – additional check-ups will be recommended.
The check-up programme is ideally suited for active, progressively-minded but busy and occupied people for whom time and quality are of utmost importance, because all health checks can be organised as part of an efficiently organised process.
What is internal medicine?
Internal medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of internal diseases. The doctor-therapist or internist will evaluate the patient’s health overall and draw up the treatment plan. It is the therapist’s task to provide consultations and suggest the best preventive health options, as well as to recommend which specialists the patient should visit to treat the specific disease.
When should I visit a therapist/internist?
Similar to a General Practitioner, a therapist treats problems caused by internal diseases (cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary tract and endocrine systems). You can visit a therapist if you have symptoms of a cold, fever, cough, runny nose, high blood pressure, cardiovascular system complaints, urinary tract complaints and other problems. An internist will help to resolve major health problems. In brief, the doctor gathers all the information from the patient and tries to see the overall picture. The therapist helps the patient to determine which specialists to go to and which examinations should be performed. The therapist is a broad profile specialist, who also provides advice on the use of medicines, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, changing eating habits and on dealing with issues.
How should I prepare for a visit to a therapist?
During the first consultation, the therapist listens to the patient. The patient should bring along all excerpts and conclusions, as well as information about the analysis that he or she has undergone and the list of names of medicines the patient uses. During the visit, the doctor discusses the potential diagnosis with the patient and explains the possible causes. The doctor will answer the patient’s questions in detail and prepare the necessary treatment program or refer the patient to a specialist in the specific field. If necessary, the therapist may prescribe medicinal therapy.
How much does a visit to a therapist cost?
In terms of price, the price of the consultation depends on the chosen institution and doctor, as well as the additional services required. Usually, the price of a visit to a therapist starts from EUR 35, but one should bear in mind that additional examinations or analyses may be required.
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