General Physician(S.V.P. Reddy) is highly trained specialist who provide a range of non-surgical health care to adult patients. He care for difficult, serious or unusual medical problems and continue to see the patient until these problems have resolved or stabilised.Much of His work takes place with hospitalised patients and most general physicians also see patients in their consulting rooms.

An Internal medicine physician is a medical doctor who is highly proficient in internal medicine. These physicians mainly focus on diagnosing, preventing, and treating diseases or injuries. They are specifically trained in detecting and treating common illnesses, chronic and acute illnesses, and other complicated diagnostic problems. Internal medicine physicians treat adults with generic medications, although they undergo frequent training in subspecialties such as infectious diseases.

General physicians provide treatment for a particular medical condition and holistic health care for all patients.

Roles of a general physician: Complicated care: General physicians are trained to treat patients with complex illnesses where the diagnosis can be difficult. A general physician’s broad training offers proficiency in the detection and treatment of medical conditions affecting different parts of the body.

Medical procedures: A general physician is trained to carry out different medical procedures and monitors patients with serious and complex illnesses.

Detection: General physicians are trained in the usefulness, costs, and limitations of most diagnostic tests. They use these diagnostic tests safely, logically and effectively to inspect difficult diagnostic issues.

Treatment: General physicians are specialised in the detailed analysis of all research reports and drug industry claims about the new treatments. They are proficient in making decisions related to treating patients with complex and severe illnesses.

Pre and post-operative examination: General physicians are often asked to review their patients before surgery. They advise all the surgeons about the patient’s risk status and refer to proper management to lower the risk of the operation.

What Medical Conditions can General Physicians Treat?

A general physician can treat various health conditions. Some of them include:
  • Asthma
  • Viral fever
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung fibrosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Dementia
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Liver disease
  • Haematological disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Anaemia
  • Diabetes
  • Pituitary disease

What all Tests can a General Physician Prescribe?

General physicians may plan for several assessments that are suitable as per the medical condition. They perform several tests, including:
  • MRIs, CT scan
  • Blood glucose levels
  • Electrocardiogram i.e. ECG
  • Viral markers test
  • Urine analysis
  • Complete blood count
  • Faecal occult blood test
  • Renal function test
  • Lipid and thyroid profile
  • Liver function test.
Laboratory assessments such as blood tests are also included, which are specific to the health condition that a patient may be experiencing. A small piece of tissue or biopsy may be required for diagnosis occasionally, which is later submitted to a pathologist for a complete assessment. X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, and MRI are a part of the inspection procedure, and these imaging tests are performed by radiologists. Hence, a general physician may recommend a patient to a specialist for further testing if the condition becomes complicated and cannot be treated with medications.

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