Preventative Healthcare

Primary Care Health Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in Pico Union and West Adams, Los Angeles, CA

Preventive healthcare is a service designed to reduce your risk of chronic diseases or to help you manage a disease before serious complications arise. At Primary Care Health Clinic in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles, primary care physician assistant Ndika Fomukong, FNP, PA-C, and his experienced medical team offer disease screening and preventive services to help you maintain the highest quality of life possible. Call to schedule an appointment at Primary Care Health Clinic today or use the online scheduler.

Preventative Healthcare Q & A

What is preventive healthcare?

Preventive healthcare involves early detection to properly manage a disease, or preventing it altogether. Prevention and wellness are main focuses at Primary Care Health Clinic. Scheduling an appointment at least once a year helps you be proactive about your health.

What should I expect with preventive healthcare?

When you arrive at a preventive healthcare appointment at Primary Care Health Clinic, experienced providers greet you and check your weight, blood pressure, and other vital signs. Your doctor reviews your medical history and asks about any symptoms or concerns. They examine you and looks for signs of health problems.

Depending on your gender, age, and lifestyle, your doctor may screen you for the following medical conditions:

  • High blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Certain cancers
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

These and other health problems can turn serious if left untreated and is why early detection is crucial. Your Primary Care Health Clinic provider might recommend lab or imaging tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

Which treatment might I require?

If you’re in good health you probably won’t require treatment after a preventive health care appointment. However, if you show signs of a chronic (long-lasting) or acute illness, your provider might recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Lifestyle changes

Making lifestyle changes helps reduce chronic disease risks factors. Your provider may recommend losing weight, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, getting more exercise, sleeping more, not smoking, and reducing or eliminating alcohol.

Medications

If lifestyle changes haven’t worked for your illness or chronic disease, your provider might prescribe medications. You may require medicines to treat high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or diabetes.

Talk therapy

If you suffer from depression, grief, anxiety, or you can’t stop smoking or drinking in excess, your provider might suggest one-on-one counseling or support groups to maximize your physical and mental health.

Alternative therapies

You might prefer natural, holistic treatment options over medications. If so, your Primary Care Health Clinic team may suggest taking dietary supplements, trying acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, meditation, yoga, or other stress-relieving therapies.

When you’re ready to prevent an illness or disease or properly manage one, schedule a preventive healthcare visit at Primary Care Health Clinic or book an appointment online today.