Doctors are medical practitioners qualified to practice medicine to maintain or restore the health of patients. They examine patients to identify symptoms and diagnose particular problems and conditions and then recommend treatment which can include medication, therapy or recommend further specialist treatment such as surgery, depending on the condition.
Medical practitioners can be general physicians, specialists, cardiologists, gynaecologists, dermatologists, oncologists or a doctor of psychiatry. They can practice in a local clinic, or in a hospital. People suffering from a suspected medical condition, should seek out services of a medical practitioner. It’s generally recommended to begin seeking medical treatment with a general practitioner, even if it’s just for a check-up. They can often identify and begin to address medical concerns then offer treatment options that may include referral to a specialist if necessary.
It’s important to find a doctor that is able to communicate well and establish a trustworthy and productive doctor-patient relationship. Regular check-ups are a good way of keeping on top of health and fitness, and as people get older, more routine check-ups are advised.