Preventative Medicine Specialist

Advantage Healthcare Specialists

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine located in Lake Zurich, IL & Buffalo Grove, IL

Preventive medicine is a powerful approach for your overall health and wellness and is a cornerstone of the care Advantage Healthcare Specialists provides to the communities of Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich, and Arlington Heights, Illinois, and their surrounding suburbs. By focusing on maximizing your health and reducing your risk of illness, the Advantage Healthcare Specialists team helps you make the most of each and every day. To learn more about the benefits of preventive medicine personalized care, schedule an appointment today. You can book your visit online or call to check appointment availability.

Preventative Medicine Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

Simply put, preventive medicine is an approach to healthcare that focuses on preventing sickness. In practice, preventive medicine is far more expansive and complex and draws from many areas of medicine. While all physicians promote preventive medicine, Advantage Healthcare Specialists chooses to focus on this type of medical practice, and build all care from a central foundation of preventive medicine.  

Why is preventive medicine important?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases cause as many as seven out of 10 deaths. The most devastating include:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic lower respiratory disease
  • Stroke

Taking steps to prevent these diseases can improve the quality of your life, help you live longer, and avoid disability. Another important benefit is the chance to save money on expensive treatments, hospital stays, and lost time at work.

Can preventive medicine help with arthritis?

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, but the most common are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.

Not all arthritis can be prevented, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Some examples include:

  • Choosing a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Engaging in regular exercise, including cardio, flexibility, and strength training
  • Embracing actions to reduce your risk of injury

During your visit, your practitioner evaluates your joint function and can get you started on a great treatment path if you show early signs of arthritis.

What other issues can preventive health address?

Diagnosing and treating infection is one of the ways preventive health can have a powerful impact on your life. Anything that causes a break in the surface of your skin can lead to infection. Identifying the signs of infection in the earliest stages enables early interventions and improves outcomes.

Pain management is another area where preventive care can make a world of difference. Your provider works to identify the source of your pain and find treatment options to reduce discomfort. The focus is on managing pain without undue reliance on pharmaceuticals, which come with a risk of addiction.

If you have questions about the role of preventive health in your care, schedule an appointment at Advantage Healthcare Specialists today. You can book your visit over the phone or online.