Chronic care is ongoing support and care for individuals living with a chronic condition. They are provided the care, knowledge and skills required to better manage their condition and improve their quality of life. Common chronic conditions that require specialized care include diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. With the proper care and guidance, people living with a chronic conditions or injury can successfully manage their condition.
What is chronic conditions care?
Chronic conditions care is the management of a chronic disease by a healthcare professional. They help patients with chronic diseases navigate the healthcare system, refer them to specialists, and suggest where to have lab testing performed. These professionals ensure the best health outcomes for their patients by providing ongoing care. Medical professionals who provide chronic disease care work very closely with their patients and have the opportunity to build relationships.
What are examples of chronic conditions?
There are a multitude of chronic conditions, some of the most common include:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s conditions)
- Alzheimer’s conditions and other Dementias
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary conditions (COPD)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Eating Disorders
- Heart Disease
- Mental health
- Oral Health
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome
What is the difference between acute and chronic care?
Acute care refers to the care of short-term conditions. When acute conditions receive treatment, they heal. An example of an acute injury is a broken bone. Once a broken bone is appropriately treated, the injury heals. Illnesses can be acute, as well. Examples include the common cold or pinkeye. After the illness receives treatment, symptoms subside and the ailment is healed. Even though it is still possible to contract the illness again, it is a separate incident and is not related to the first.
Because it classifies something as persistent or long-lasting, chronic is the opposite of acute. The first time you get bronchitis, it is acute. When bronchitis lasts a long time or is a recurring problem, it is chronic.
What chronic conditions does Smart Choice Medical Clinic treat?
Smart Choice Medical Clinic can treat a wide number of chronic conditions, including:
- Hypothyroid (low thyroid)
- Hyperthyroid (high thyroid)
- Will refer to a specialist and start treatment while awaiting specialist care.
- Evaluation for Anemia
- B12 Deficiency
- Iron Deficiency
- Blood pressure management
- Coronary artery disease (CAD) secondary prevention management and recommendations
- Cholesterol management
- Leg swelling
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- High cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia)
- Abdominal pain — if severe, please report to ER or urgent care
- Diarrhea – mild
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Hemorrhoid – mild
- Stomach pain — if severe, please go to ER or urgent care
- Headache/migraine management and treatment
- Neuropathy management and treatment
If you or someone you know is living with a chronic condition, it is important to receive the proper care in order to effectively manage the condition. The kind and compassionate professionals at Smart Choice Medical Clinic are experienced in treating a wide number of chronic conditions, from diabetes to anemia. We can help improve your quality of life and provide you with a higher level of care. For more information on our chronic care treatment and how it can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our chronic care specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today. We serve patients from Tyler TX, Bullard TX, Troup TX, Jacksonville TX, Dogwood City TX, Whitehouse TX, Flint TX, and Gresham TX.