Adolescent medicine encompasses the full range of medical services designed to meet the particular health needs of preteens and teenagers. Adolescent medicine specialists may see children as young as 10 and young adults as old as 20.
During the transition from childhood to adulthood, the changes which occur not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, make adolescents unique in their medical needs. In addition to providing traditional primary and preventive care services, such as annual wellness exams and vaccinations, adolescent medicine specialists are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat the types of health problems that typically affect adolescents as they make this transition. Pediatricians Dr. Herbsman and Castelli, as well Family Medicine and Integrative Health Specialist Dr. Lewis, will take the time to truly get to know your adolescent and provide the personalized care
Adolescent medicine address the kinds of issues that may affect a young patient’s physical, mental, behavioral, and reproductive health, they can offer services that address a broad range of issues, including:
Adolescent medicine physicians also address problems in athletic patients who may benefit from sports medicine such as orthopedic issues like sprains, strains, and fractures, as well as concussion screening, management and monitoring. They also provide screening and treatment for patients with learning or attention problems, and help patients struggling with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco use.
The preteens and teenagers who receive care from an adolescent medicine specialist are likely to benefit in two major ways:
First, they receive thoughtful, understanding health care that’s expertly tailored to meet them right where they are while addressing their individual medical needs.
Second, and perhaps just as importantly, seeing an adolescent medicine specialist can help ease a young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood, from receiving health care that’s directed and controlled by a parent to learning how to take an active role in managing their health and well-being.
To help facilitate a trusting relationship, adolescent medicine specialists want their young patients to feel confident about sharing personal information so they can offer the right treatment or advice. Confidential personal information may include:
To see an adolescent medicine specialist, call Discover Health or book your appointment online today.
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