Family Practice Physician in Palmdale & Encino

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What is family medicine?

Family medicine is a healthcare specialty that provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages. This involves the care and treatment of adults and children – from infants to geriatric patients. It also encompasses women’s health and urgent care, with an emphasis on preventative medicine. A family medicine doctor is a primary care doctor, internist, pediatrician, and general practice doctor all rolled into one. When necessary, a family medicine doctor, otherwise known as a family practice physician, can also refer patients to specialists and help coordinate their care. In addition, family practice physicians provide care to their patients when they need to be hospitalized.

What services does a family practice physician provide?

Family medicine doctor Dr. Katayoun Motlagh provides comprehensive healthcare for patients of all ages in Palmdale and Encino. Here are some of the services she commonly provides:

Physical Examinations

  • Annual physical examinations for adults
  • Regular physical examinations for infants and children, as recommended
  • Sports physical examinations
  • DMV physicals for DOT
  • Physical examinations needed before surgery (pre-operative evaluations)
  • Physical examinations and tests required for certain jobs (pre-employment physicals)
  • Routine physicals for patients with chronic medical conditions

Preventive Health Consultations

  • Vaccinations for all ages
  • Vaccinations for travel
  • Preventive dietary and nutrition help

Family Planning Services

  • Comprehensive women’s health services, including gynecologic care
  • Pap smears and breast examinations
  • Treatment of common gynecologic problems, such as infections
  • Family planning for both men and women
  • Treatment and management of sexually transmitted diseases for both men and women

Urgent Care

  • Wide range of urgent care services, and referral to specialists (as needed)
  • Treatment of high fever and infection
  • Examination and care after minor accidents and injuries
  • Wound care and stitching after minor injuries
  • Respiratory and other breathing issues (when reason is known)
  • Unexplained pain in a specific area (unless acute, sharp, and unrelenting)
  • Treatment for chronic or recurring conditions when they are known
  • Treatment for chronic conditions if rescue medication has run out or is lost

Management of Diabetes

  • Recommendations for specific dietary plans for pre-diabetic conditions
  • Advice on monitoring blood glucose levels
  • Monitoring of medications
  • Advice on what to do if experiencing hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia
  • Prescribing medications for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Changing diabetic medications, as needed

Management of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

  • Diagnosis and treatment of hypertension
  • Advice on how to control hypertension along with medications, including diet, exercise and weight control
  • Monitoring of medications and checking medication effectiveness

Asthma

  • Diagnosis of asthma and allergic asthma
  • Managing asthma symptoms with maintenance medications
  • Advice on how and when to use rescue inhalers
  • Teaching patients what triggers to avoid
  • Making sure that asthma and related symptoms are well-controlled
  • Checking medication effectiveness and changing as needed

If you are interested in learning more about family medicine services provided by Dr. Katayoun Motlagh, or if you or your child has any condition that you believe should be examined by a family practice physician, contact our office today or schedule an appointment by filling out the appointment request form right on this page. Dr. Motlagh also provides urgent care services, with Saturday and Sunday appointments available. Visit us in Palmdale or Encino today.

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