Having a primary care provider you like and trust can make a huge difference to your health. If you have a doctor you enjoy visiting, you are more likely to come to that provider with even the simplest of questions or health concerns. Also, if you see a doctor who is not only highly experienced but also respectful of your perspective, needs, and desires, you will likely to be happier with your health care plan – and be more likely to follow it. It’s much easier – and less costly – to address a medical issue when it’s identified early on, rather than when it’s gotten worse or even spread.
At Korunda Medical Institute in southwest Florida, we take pride in delivering primary medical care of the highest quality, in a comfortable environment built on trust and mutual respect. The comprehensive healthcare we provide includes the care and treatment of almost any ailment or issue imaginable.
Primary Care vs. Family Medicine vs. Internal Medicine
So, what is the difference among these terms? You’ve likely heard physicians describe themselves as either a “primary care,” “family medicine,” or “internal medicine” provider.
Primary care describes physicians and other healthcare providers trained and experienced in addressing the widest possible range of health concerns. Your primary care provider (PCP) is typically the first doctor you see when you have a new symptom or health concern. Some insurance plans even require that you visit your PCP first, before seeing a medical specialist.
The following are different types of primary care providers:
- Family medicine providers are those whose experience and training allow them to treat patients of all ages, from children to adults or seniors.
- Internal medicine providers are those who focus their care on the treatment of illnesses and diseases affecting adults.
At Korunda Medical Institute, we offer quality primary care services to people of all ages. Our providers include both family medicine doctors and an internal medicine physician.
Conditions PCPs Treat
The primary care physicians at Korunda Medical Institute treat patients suffering from a wide variety of illness and injuries. Some of the more common acute and chronic health ailments we can help you with include:
- Acid reflux, GERD
- Back pain, neck pain
- Chronic disease management
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Depression, anxiety
- Earaches and ear infections
- Food intolerance, sensitivity, and allergies
- Gastrointestinal disorders (IBS, Crohn’s, gastritis)
- Headaches and migraines
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Respiratory illness
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Sinus infections
- Skin conditions
- Sore throat
- Sports injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Thyroid disorders
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Weight management
- Women’s health issues
Our Primary Care Services
In addition to the care and treatment of many different injuries and illnesses, our primary care services also include the following.
Patients of Korunda Medical Institute have access to a variety of on-site diagnostic tests, such as:
- Blood draws and lab testing
- Electrocardiograms, or EKG
- Pulmonary function tests, like spirometry
- Imaging tests: X-rays, MRIs, ultrasound
Our primary care providers can discuss your family planning needs with you and help you choose a birth control option that is right for you.
We offer our patients an innovative and effective treatment known as blue light therapy or blue light photodynamic therapy (PDT). It is used to treat problems on or just below the skin’s surface, such as the removal of sun-damaged skin and/or cancerous or precancerous tissue on the face or scalp. Blue light therapy may also be used to treat actinic keratosis (precancerous sunspots) and acne. Multiple blue-light therapy treatments may be necessary, depending on your needs.
We also offer other skin treatments, such as the removal of moles, skin tags, and warts – as well as the care of minor wounds.
We get it. Accidents and injuries are never convenient – that’s why we try to be. If you’re an established patient at Korunda Medical Institute, call us when you have an urgent medical need, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible during our normal business hours.
Note: If you are experiencing life-threatening signs or symptoms – such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, or uncontrolled bleeding – that is a medical emergency. You should seek immediate medical attention by calling 911 or visiting the nearest ER.
Focus on Preventive Care
Your Korunda Medical Institute provider can help identify what types of preventive care screenings or tests are appropriate for you, based on your age, health, family or personal history, and whether you have risk factors for certain diseases.
Our preventive care services include:
We take heart health seriously at Korunda Medical Institute. It’s why we offer in-office cardiovascular screenings, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), which are quick, painless, and entirely noninvasive – in addition to blood tests that can identify conditions that can lead to heart attack or stroke.
At our Lipid Clinic and Coumadin Clinic, you can meet with a nurse or other healthcare provider at our office, who will perform a blood test to identify your cholesterol level and whether your blood-thinning medication is working as well as it should be, or whether adjustments to your prescription may be necessary. These clinics are meant to provide quick and easy access to a healthcare professional who can monitor your condition and manage your heart health medications.
Beginning between the ages of 45-50, depending on the presence of certain risk factors, men should be screened for signs of an enlarged prostate. This is typically done as part of a man’s annual physical with his primary care provider or may be conducted during a separate visit. The screening may involve:
- Digital rectal exam, in which a gloved finger is inserted into the anus to feel for abnormalities
- Blood test to measure prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels
The most common signs of an enlarged prostate include difficulty urinating, urinary incontinence, or more frequent urges to urinate, especially overnight.
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do for your health is to have an annual physical with your primary care physician.
At Korunda Medical Institute, we offer the following types of physical exams:
- Annual physicals
- Well-woman exams
- Well-child exams
- Sports physicals
- School physicals
- Employment physicals, including DOT physicals (to renew a commercial driver’s license)
Regular skin cancer screening – and thorough examination of your skin, from the top of your head to your toes – can help identify the earliest signs of abnormal growths that could be skin cancer. When caught early, very often, all that is needed is to remove the growth for biopsy.
Failure to have regular skin cancer screenings means you may end up with a more advanced form of skin cancer that can require a more intensive type of surgery. If the cancer spreads, it could become life-threatening.
Stress can be dangerous to your health. Without properly controlling the stress in your life, you have an increased risk of developing serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, sleep disturbances, diabetes, and heart disease.
Your Korunda Medical Institute primary care provider can identify strategies that can help you reduce the negative effects of stress on your health.
These may be included during a physical exam, or any other visit to your primary care physician at Korunda Medical Institute. You can also come in for specific vaccines that may be required prior to a trip, surgery, or other reason.
Common vaccines we offer include those to protect against:
- Flu (seasonal)
Well-woman exams, which include a pelvic exam, Pap smear (to look for signs of cervical cancer), and clinical breast exam (to look for signs of breast cancer), are common screenings recommended for all adult women. Most women over the age of 40, or who have risk factors for breast cancer, may need to have a mammogram.
If you have any concerns about your reproductive health, call your primary care provider at Korunda Medical Institute for the appropriate women’s health screening.
Primary Care in Bonita Springs and Naples, FL
Get the primary healthcare you’ve always wanted. Call Korunda Medical Institute in Bonita Springs and Naples, Florida, at (239) 431-6464 to schedule a visit with one of our highly qualified, compassionate, and helpful primary care physicians. Or you can simply request an appointment now.