Dr. Scott Moulton, D.O. of Ogden Adult & Senior Medicine drops in on our MountainStar Medical Group blog this week to explain the practice of Internal Medicine:
“Doctors of internal medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. Doctors of Internal Medicine are often referred to by as “internists.”
Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings – no matter how common or rare, how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems, handle severe chronic illnesses and are prepared to handle situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to their patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women’s health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.
In today’s complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life – in the office or clinic, during hospitalization and intensive care
, and in nursing homes. When other medical specialists, such as surgeons or obstetricians, are involved, they coordinate their patient’s care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.”
So, Internal Medicine isn’t as scary as you thought, huh? Right! But now you’re probably curious as to what they treat. Dr. Moulton listed for us some of the common conditions an Internist can see.
· Gastrointestinal disease
· Heart disease
· High blood pressure
· Infectious disease
· Kidney disease
· Lung disease
· Thyroid disease
Internal Medicine has a unique set of medical challenges and we were curious what drew Dr. Moulton to thisavenue of medicine. He explains, “Variety is the spice of life and that is what I enjoy about my practice. My patient population consists of adults age 18 years old and older. I have the opportunity to prevent disease in some and help manage disease in others.”
You have to imagine that Dr. Moulton doesn’t like to see patients with problems, so what are his tips for maintaining good health? He outlines them for us:
· Don’t smoke, but if you do, quit!
· Maintain a healthy weight
· Exercise for 30 minutes at least three times a week
· Obtain appropriate routine health screenings
Sources: The American College of Physicians, www.acponline.org