Most people don’t look forward to doctor’s appointments but as the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. There are several doctors that should be seen at least annually as a preventative measure and to keep good tabs on one’s health. In this list, we focus on six types of doctors you should see before the end of the year.
Primary Care Doctor
Primary care doctors are typically the first line of defence that patients have against illness and disease. For most people seeing this doctor once a year is enough, at this visit you can expect to have blood work taken and talk about your overall health over the past year or since the last time you have seen a primary care physician. This doctor’s visit is the forum for questions and concerns about your overall health and wellbeing. The primary care doctor is also important because this doctor will be able to give a referral to the other types of doctors.
Many people believe that eye doctors are only for people who have eye problems or who may need corrective lenses; this couldn’t be further from the truth. An annual eye exam ensures that the eyes are healthy and that they are not sustaining damage from other illnesses. Eye doctors can also help pinpoint and diagnose other health concerns based on clues left behind in the eyes. Not all issues with the eye are noticeable to the patient. Often there can be issues that are only detectable during an exam.
Ear Nose and Throat Specialist
The Ear, Nose and Throat speciality encompasses a lot of things and this doctor is one you want to be sure to see at least once a year. People falsely think primary care doctors can diagnose and treat minor issues of the ear nose and throat system but this is not true. An ENT doctor can assist with colds, allergies, ear infections and more serious issues such as bronchitis and strep throat. ENT doctors can also be helpful in pinning down a diagnosis for headaches, ringing in the ears, frequent sore throat, or sleep apnea. Many symptoms that people commonly endure can be helped by a visit to an ENT doctor.
Far too many people only go to the dentist when they are in pain or have a broken or injured tooth. It is recommended to see a dentist every six months but if that is not possible, once a year is the minimum. Not only will dentists give you a general exam of your mouth, teeth, and gums and administer a cleaning, they can also spot problems such as cavities, loose teeth or TMJ long before they cause pain and discomfort.
All too often people explain away numbness, stiffness, and pain in their neck, back, and extremities. These aches and pains may seem minor but there is no reason to suffer in silence. A chiropractor can diagnose and treat these issues and performing adjustments and helping patients to improve posture and choose better mattresses and shoes to ease their discomfort.
Most conversations about doctors and health centre on physical health, and while that is important, caring for mental health is equally important. Even if you don’t feel you have any mental or emotional issues, taking the time to have a conversation about your emotional and mental wellbeing with a professional is beneficial.