Concierge Medicine Specialist

Click2MD

Family Practice & Internal Medicine located in Williamsville, NY

Chronic disease is an illness that cannot be cured. It needs to be managed on a long term basis for best outcomes. Examples include diabetes, heart failure, COPD, hypertension (high blood pressure). The physicians at Click2MD analyze, optimize treatment using the least amount of medications and combine it with lifestyle changes and alternative medicine if indicated. To schedule an appointment, call the Williamsville, New York, office or book online today.

Concierge Medicine Q & A

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management refers to careful medical monitoring and management of various chronic diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease.

Chronic disease management is long-term care, and, in many cases, life-long care that’s focused on relieving disease symptoms, lowering disease risks, and improving general health, wellness, and quality of life.

Chronic diseases are illnesses that can typically be controlled, but, in most cases, can’t be cured. The goal of chronic disease management is usually to decrease symptoms and avoid complications that negatively affect the quality of life and prevent complications.

What are the most common chronic diseases?

Chronic disease can affect a single system or multiple systems. If inadequately treated may affect other symptoms negatively. Sme of the complications could be pernmanant.
Some of the most common chronic diseases include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • COPD/Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Migraines
  • Skin disorders including acne
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Renal Failure

Different illnesses require different treatment and management. Every patient is different and needs to be treated individually although the goals are the same.

What does chronic disease management involve?

Chronic disease management involves some or all of the following: check-ups, lab and X-ray testing, screenings, monitoring and coordinating treatment, and patient education. The strategy for treating your condition depends on its severity, type, symptoms, and other factors.

Your physician starts with an evaluation, an in-depth discussion of your health and symptoms, a physical exam, and any necessary testing, such as bloodwork or an X-ray, if indicated.

Treatment usually involves addressing illness from various angles, medications, lifestyle changes, genetics, weight, and stress management among others. Disease management is individualized based on a patient’s preferences and the ability to follow a plan.

Avoiding unnecessary medications, duplications, generics substitutes, the half pill program, and unnecessary visits and tests can save a substantial amount of money and inconvenience. Referrals are recommended if necessary.

What are the benefits of chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management provides many benefits including access to the same medical provider who is familiar with you, your health, and your treatment choices.

Getting educated regarding your health and making treatment choices to decrease symptoms and complications. This improves the quality of your life.

Most chronic diseases can be treated and controlled with the right behavior change efforts and appropriate professional medical management.

Find relief from your chronic disease symptoms, and let Click2MD physicians take some of the burden off your shoulders. Call Click2MD or schedule online for personalized care.