Your primary care physician can help with preventative medicine

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Prevention is important for things like your car, keeping it from breaking down by getting it checked and changing the oil. The same thing is true about your health. You don’t want to wait until something becomes a problem before getting it taken care of.

Luckily, the best person to see with questions about your health is your primary care physician. Beyond just annual physicals, you should be consulting with your doctor on things like weight loss and exercise.

McLaren Greater Lansing has a network of primary care providers throughout Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos, Eaton Rapids, Williamston, Holt, Dewitt and Portland for patients to choose from.

A primary care provider should serve as your family’s first stop for everyday health issues. They can be instrumental in catching diseases in the early stages through screenings and tests, giving more options for treatment.

“Being faced with a medical emergency can be an overwhelming experience for anyone,” said Dr. Joseph Van Ark, a McLaren Greater Lansing – Eaton Rapids primary care provider. “Primary care providers diligently work to minimize the likelihood of patients being in that position.”

One of the most important aspects of a primary service provider is that they know your history and have it on hand.

“Your primary care provider knows your health history well,” said Van Ark. “This is especially valuable if chronic conditions exist and multiple specialties and services are needed.”

A primary care provider can also help you to find special services that you may need, like a cardiologist or nephrologist, along with being able to coordinate their tests.

When you have a primary care provider for your whole family, it makes scheduling doctor visits for your family so much simpler. And many of McLaren Greater Lansing’s primary care providers can schedule same-day and next-day appointments for many of their patients


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Kyle Dowling

Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.

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