Primary Care Services at Primary Care Plus
Your Primary Care Plus doctor is always your first source for diagnosis, treatment and overall wellness. Primary care medical services include:
• Routine physicals and immunizations
• Lab and diagnostic tests
• Treatment for illness and injury
• Proactive health management
• Diet, exercise and overall wellness tips
If you need to see a specialist for a certain condition or to treat a specific part of your body, we’ll coordinate that care for you and connect you with all of the services that you need.
Diabetes Care Services at Primary Care Plus
If you have diabetes, trust Primary Care Plus to provide you with the quality medical care and essential support you need to manage your condition.
Successful diabetes management includes:
- Thoughtfully choosing what, how much, and when to eat
- Getting enough exercise
- Checking your blood glucose
- Taking your medicine (if prescribed)
- Regularly scheduling and attending your medical appointments
- Learning about diabetes
Primary Care Plus has your diabetes care covered.
To manage your diabetes, your Primary Care Plus doctor may have you check your blood glucose levels regularly. He or she may also prescribe medicine (pills, insulin, or both) to help keep your blood glucose in your target range.
Your diabetes care team is always available to help — either in person or by phone. We’ll answer your questions and provide essential guidance to help you maximize your success.
Helping you make smart food and exercise choices.
- By learning and partnering with your healthcare team, you can take charge of when, what and how much you eat, and still enjoy some of your favorite foods.
- When it comes to exercise, our team can help with advice on simple activities such as walking, swimming, gardening and playing with the grandkids. A little activity can go a long way toward improving energy and blood flow, which helps your diabetes treatment work better.
When you eat, your food is broken down into a sugar called glucose. Glucose gives your body the energy it needs to work. But to use glucose as energy, your body needs insulin.
When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or use it well.
Since your body’s cells can’t use the glucose from your food as energy, the glucose stays in your blood at high levels, which can cause serious problems.
There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) can keep your blood glucose in a healthy range, and help you live a longer, healthier life.
Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, 7 million of whom may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.
More than 1 in 4 seniors (age 65 and older) suffer from diabetes.
Source: American Diabetes Association
Rheumatology Care Services at Primary Care Plus
Are you suffering from?
- Swelling in one or more joints
- Stiffness around the joints that lasts for more than an hour in the morning
- Constant or recurring pain in a joint
- Difficulty using or moving a joint normally
- Warmth and redness in a joint
You may be one of more than 46 million people in the United States with arthritis or another rheumatic disease.
Rheumatic diseases affect people of all races and ages, but some rheumatic conditions are more common among certain populations. For example:
- Rheumatoid arthritis occurs 2-3 times more often in women than in men.
- Between 80 and 90 percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women.
- Gout is more common in men than in women.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus is more common in women than in men.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Get solutions for rheumatic disease so you can live healthier.
When you’re suffering from pain, inflammation, and other symptoms of a rheumatic disease, you need the expertise of a rheumatology specialist. At Primary Care Plus, you’ll receive this high quality care right here in our offices, or we will coordinate your care with a trusted rheumatologist to whom we refer.
Your rheumatologist starts by listening to you and understanding your concerns. Then, a thorough evaluation is performed and a treatment plan is designed to address your condition. Treatments may include:
- Rest and relaxation
- Appropriate exercise
- A healthy diet
- Medication for pain, inflammation and other symptoms
- Assistive devices, such as splints or braces
Treatments are available for many types of rheumatic diseases, including:
- Osteoarthritis – This condition affects both the cartilage of the joint and the underlying bone, causing joint pain and stiffness. It is most debilitating when it affects the spine, knees and/or hips.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – An inflammatory disease of the immune system that targets the lining of the joint and leads to pain, stiffness, swelling, joint damage, and loss of function. Rheumatoid arthritis most often affects joints of the hands and feet.
- Fibromyalgia – A chronic disorder that causes pain throughout the tissues that support and move the bones and joints. Fibromyalgia causes pain, stiffness, and tenderness, and can also cause fatigue and sleep disturbances.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus or SLE) – A disease in which the immune system harms the body’s own healthy cells and tissues, causing inflammation of and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain.
- Gout – Caused by deposits of needle-like crystals of uric acid in the joints. The crystals cause inflammation, swelling, and pain in the affected joint, which is often the big toe.
- Bursitis – Inflammation of the bursae (small, fluid-filled sacs that help reduce friction between bones and other moving parts in the joints). Bursitis causes pain and tenderness and can limit the movement of nearby joints.
- Tendonitis – Inflammation of tendons (tough cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone) caused by overuse, injury, or a rheumatic condition. Tendonitis produces pain and tenderness and can restrict joint movement.
Put simply, arthritis means joint inflammation or swelling. Arthritis refers to any condition that affects the joints. These conditions fall within the category of rheumatic diseases, which are diseases characterized by inflammation of the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones and/or muscles. Rheumatic diseases can sometimes involve internal organs. They can also include autoimmune diseases, which occur when the immune system harms the body’s own tissues instead of protecting them.
Your source for primary care doctors in Baton Rouge, Gretna, New Orleans and Westwego. Primary Care Plus is a healthcare clinic dedicated to patient health through continuity of care.