In the search for a primary care physician, you may notice two terms appear frequently: Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. Although many people may use these terms interchangeably, there are important differences between these two specialties. Today our family health care Lewisville TX team (locations also in Benbrook, Bedford, Boyd and Justin) are going to share key differences between the two and offer insight towards choosing the best fit for you.
The providers at Your Family Medical provide both family medicine and internal medicine at their Texas clinics.
Internal medicine – serviced by doctors known as Internists – is a category of medicine that provides comprehensive care in all aspects of adult medicine from minor to chronic illness. Internists are somewhat puzzle solvers within the medical field who can even diagnose different illnesses in situations where more than one may strike at once.Although physicians in this specialty are certainly qualified to treat children and teenagers, they typically focus more on adult healthcare needs. Some examples of the types of care they spend their time most on include:
- Men’s and women’s health
- Substance abuse
- Mental health
- Nervous system problems
- Preventative care
- Eye and ear concerns
- Reproductive organs
- Internal organ problems
At Your Family Medical, our internal medicine Lewisville, TX specialists (locations also in Benbrook, Bedford, Boyd and Justin) are passionate about providing proactive care so that patients can gain and maintain a healthy, happy life. If this sounds like a good fit for your healthcare needs, give us a call today to schedule an appointment at any one of our five convenient Texas locations.
Family medicine treats a similar range of issues however much more of their focus is on treating those 18 years old and under. One of the top reasons that people choose family medicine over internal medicine is to integrate care for the whole family with one provider.
It can become tedious to have separate medical providers among your family. Traveling to different medical offices can take a toll on your schedule and consistency in quality among different providers can be variable. Our family medicine specialists offer consistent, top-tier quality care that you can trust, all with the convenience of commuting to a single office for both you and your whole family.
How to Choose the Best Fit for You
Since the two specialties are so closely related, many patients are unsure of which is the better fit. The truth is that there really is no wrong answer. Both internal medicine and family medicine will treat you with a high degree of care and professionalism as well as refer out to specialists as needed.
However, we did create some questions to consider that may help you in your deliberations.
- Are you looking for someone who is extremely comfortable with pediatric medicine and can become a long-term resource for your son or daughter? (Family Medicine)
- Do you have multiple children under the age of 18? (Family Medicine)
- Are you a caretaker for an aging family member and looking for maintaining a high degree of care for him/her along with your whole family’s healthcare need? (Family Medicine)
- Are you a single adult looking for help with identifying ways to achieve and maintain the highest quality of life possible? (Internal Medicine)
- Do you have a specific, chronic health concerns in the area of an internal system or organ? (Internal Medicine)
- Does your health history indicate that there’s a chance you may need inpatient and outpatient services? (Internal Medicine)
If you are still unsure of the best fit, we encourage you to give Your Family Medical a call to speak with one of our intake specialists. We can offer your more insight geared towards your specific needs.
At Your Family Medical, our foundation lies in achieving optimal outcomes for our patients. This means we are committed to building a mutual partnership of trust, providing understanding and information and empower patients with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve an optimal state of health and well-being. We would be honored to serve you and your family with our wide variety of healthcare services and specialties.