Men Specialty Services
Provida Family Medicine not only provides patients with the services found at a traditional medical practice, but we also go above and beyond to give our patients the most extensive list of specialty services and top-quality care. These services are designed to target the areas where a patient needs the most care to give them better quality of life.
Provida Family Medicine offers patients a comprehensive skin exams and skin cancer screenings. These screenings are recommended for all men whether they spend ample time in the sun or not. Proper sun protection is always advised, but dermatological exams can help make sure your skin is continuously healthy as you get older.
Dermatology exams can also track the development of moles, birthmarks, and rashes, and offer individualized treatment plans to monitor and care for any skin conditions.
Digestive health is very important and it starts with the health of the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract includes the mouth, pharynx (throat), esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and anus. Examining the health of your GI Tract can be done with a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is an exam which helps your doctor detect any changes or abnormalities in the large intestine, or colon, and the rectum. This exam screens for colon cancer in a patient, but also can help determine the source behind other health issues, such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, chronic diarrhea or constipation, and other problems with the intestines.
A few days before a colonoscopy exam, eat a low-fiber diet without whole grains, nuts, or raw fruits and vegetables. The day before a colonoscopy, a patient cannot eat any solid foods, consuming only clear liquids like broth, black coffee or tea, and clear juice. A patient can also eat clear soft drinks or sports drinks, and Jell-O. The day of the colonoscopy exam, a patient must continue the clear liquid food diet, but a patient can’t eat or drink anything two hours before the exam.
Adult men between the ages of 45 and 79 should schedule regular exams to monitor the health of their colon.
Sexual Screening and Counseling
Sexual health is an important aspect of adult men’s health, and this includes STD prevention, prostate screening, sexual disfunction, family planning, and contraception. Provida Family Medicine’s highly trained medical team will provide you with the information you need to protect yourself and stay healthy.
Our staff will answer the questions you have in a safe and comfortable environment and offer counseling, sexual health screenings for infections and diseases, and other educational resources.
STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are infections that are transmitted during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Some STDs have very apparent symptoms while others have a long incubation period where a patient is unaware that they are carrying a disease, but without treatment, STDs can lead to serious health issues for a patient.
To screen for these diseases, a member of Provida Family Medicine’s medical team will take a urine sample and a cheek swab to preform on-site testing for any STDs. A blood test may also be needed to test for STDs preformed by taking blood from your arm or a finger prick.
Prostate screening is a recommended exam for adult men to detect prostate cancer in men who may not be showing any symptoms. Men should have their first prostate exam at age fifty, however each patient is different, and patients are encouraged to discuss prostate cancer screenings with their doctor as men with a high risk for prostate cancer may need these screenings to start earlier on in life.
Sexual dysfunction can affect men of all ages but most commonly takes place in older men. Common problems caused by sexual dysfunction include ejaculation disorders, erectile dysfunction, and inhibited sexual desire.
Sexual Dysfunctions can be caused by many different factors, including smoking, low testosterone, alcoholism, depression, and more. If you are experiencing the symptoms of sexual dysfunction, please speak to your Provida Family Medicine healthcare provider to create a treatment plan thats right for you.
For men planning on starting a family with their partners or planning the future of their family, there are many steps to consider, and Provida Family Medicine is here to provide you with needed information and care.
With a focus on your overall health and wellbeing, your provider can introduce you to all of the options available to you, such as lifestyle changes or medication to promote pregnancy, or birth control methods such as a vasectomy.
Contraceptions are also a part of family planning, and Provida Family Medicine offers educational resources for men to understand the importance of contraceptions in your sexual health and preparation for family building.
Behavioral and Mental Health Evaluations
Provida Family Medicine offers all of our patients behavioral health evaluations. These evaluations are preformed by a a highly-trained doctor on our staff and allow us to better understand and detail any outlying behavioral difficulties a patient may be experiencing. Your doctor can then make an accurate diagnosis and create an individualized treatment plan and counseling.
At Provida Family Medicine, we work to include patients in every step of their healthcare and are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about behavioral health evaluations.
Behavioral and Mental Health Evaluations Available:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Eating Disorders
- Bi-Polar Disorder
Rheumatic diseases are autoimmune diseases diseases which cause your immune system to attack your joints, muscles, and bones. There are several rheumatic diseases, but they are most commonly known as “arthritis”.
Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that attacks your joints, but can damage other body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. Some symptoms of arthritis are tender and swollen joints, stiffness in the joints that worsens after inactivity, fatigue, and loss of appetite.
Early on, rheumatoid arthritis usually affects smaller joints first, mainly in the joints in your fingers, hands, toes, and feet. With progress, pain often spreads to the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips, and shoulders on both sides of your body.
While there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, there are treatment options available, including physical therapy and medication to slow the disease’s progression. If you are experiencing these symptoms or would like to explore your treatment options, please visit Provida Family Medicine as soon as possible.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain. Fibromyalgia is believed to amplify painful sensations because it affects the way the brain and spinal cord process painful and non-painful signals. Symptoms of fibromyalgia include muscle tenderness and chronic pain in the muscles, abdomen, back, and neck. These symptoms can also be accompanied by feelings of fatigue, memory loss, mood issues, and mood swings.
Treatments for fibromyalgia include creating a medication plan and stress reduction.
Osteoporosis is a condition which causes the bones to become brittle, and many people have little to no symptoms until they experience a bone break or fracture. Treatments for osteoporosis include medications, following a healthy diet, and daily weight-bearing exercises to prevent bone loss and strengthen weak bones.