There are many reasons that you should see a doctor regularly. For one, it is important to go in to your doctor’s office for yearly physicals, just to make sure that you are healthy. These physicals may include an overall examination, a weigh in, and blood tests to check your nutrient levels if they are deemed necessary. But annual visits are not the only kind of doctor visits that are important, and many people in the United States see at least one specialist, if not more than that. Seeing a specialist is nothing to be ashamed of, and it can be hugely important to your health that you do so if it is recommended.
One reason that people frequently see a specialist is for help dealing with chronic pain. Chronic pain treatment has become essential for many people, as chronic pain conditions are unfortunately not at all uncommon. Chronic pain can originate from a number of things, such as knee replacement surgery, and auto immune condition, or a car accident. Chronic pain will look different for anyone and so it is important for individuals to work directly with their pain management services and doctors (many of whom are likely to be specialists) in order to determine the best course of treatment. Though nearly sixty percent of all those who deal with chronic pain say that it impacts their life in a negative way, there are treatment methods that have been shown to lead to success or at least a notable improvement in a chronic pain condition. One such method is that of physical therapy. A physical therapist or an occupational therapist can work with a chronic pain patient at the site of their injury, helping them to strengthen the area as they reduce the tension that often surrounds it and can even be the source of the pain in the first place. Physical rehabilitation services can even give their patients the proper tools and information to continue recommended exercises. As this can strengthen the affected muscles, it can lead to greatly reduced levels of chronic pain. This is particularly effective for chronic low back pain, which studies have shown affects the vast majority of adults – at least eighty percent of them – at some point in their adult lives.
Unfortunately, many people will also need to see a cancer specialist as part of their medical treatment at some point in their lives. A cancer specialist, also known as an oncologist, will often be particularly learned in one type of cancer, and the average cancer specialist will specialize in this type of cancer alone – though it is not uncommon for a cancer specialist to work in multiple cancers. As nearly forty percent of all people – both men and women alike – will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, it is important that cancer specialists are readily available to meet their treatment needs. A typical cancer specialist will also recommend patients to undergo preventative tests, such as a mammogram. Mammograms are recommended for all women over the age of forty and because they can detect breast cancer in such early stages, have considerably reduced breast cancer death rates. And mammograms are just one example of methods of early detection. Cancer can be a terrifying experience, and it is always a disease that makes us question our mortality, but it can be managed and even eradicated, often successfully and permanently, with the help of a well trained and vastly experienced cancer specialist.
No matter who you are, it’s important to see a doctor on a regular basis. If you have a chronic pain condition, this becomes even more important – both for the management of your condition and the overall quality of your life.