What Is a Family Doctor & What Do They Do?

How your family doctor in Elk City, OK, can help you and your family stay healthy

Choosing your family medicine doctor is one of the most important decisions about your family’s healthcare that you will ever make. That’s because a family doctor treats all your family members throughout their lives. Your family medicine doctor will help you and your family prevent illness and disease, so you can live healthy lives.

Dr. Natalie Patterson at Patterson Family Medicine and Obstetrics in Elk City, OK, provides a wide range of family medicine and obstetrics services to help you and your family stay healthy.

A family medicine doctor treats everyone no matter what their ages, from newborns to seniors. Dr. Patterson also performs obstetric services, so she can be there from the moment your baby is born.

These are just a few of the ways a family doctor can help you and your family members:

For pregnancy and newborn care:

  • Pregnancy examinations and delivery
  • Prenatal and neonatal care for your newborn

For toddlers and young children:

  • Well-child visits
  • Immunizations
  • Daycare and school physicals

For older children and teens:

  • School and sports physicals
  • Immunizations

For adults and seniors:

  • Cholesterol and other screenings
  • Prescribing medications
  • Flu, pneumonia, shingles, and Covid injections
  • Treatment and management of chronic conditions including heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes

For women:

  • Routine breast examinations
  • Routine reproductive health examinations
  • Prescribing birth control options
  • Management of hormone imbalances
  • Management of menopause symptoms

For men:

  • Routine prostate examinations
  • Management of hormone imbalances

For everyone:

  • Treatment of acute illnesses including bacterial infections and viruses
  • Treatment of injuries including sports injuries, burns, cuts, lacerations, and bruising
  • Treatment of muscle, tendon, and ligament strain and pain

Your family medicine doctor is dedicated to helping your family achieve and maintain optimal health. To learn more about how your family medicine doctor can help you and your family stay healthy, call Dr. Natalie Patterson at Patterson Family Medicine and Obstetrics in Elk City, OK. You can reach her in the office by calling (405) 578-5400, so call today.

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