Primary Care Services

Concierge Medicine

What is concierge medicine?

Our Concierge Medicine service is primary care in Los Angeles but more flexible. Concierge medicine is medical care that has been optimized for busy patients who want the added convenience of receiving care whenever they need it, with additional options for communicating with their doctor including longer office visits, extended hours and direct communication. The concept has become more popular in recent years as busy men and women realize the benefits of having greater access to the healthcare options they need, providing many of the same benefits of having a personal physician including state-of-the-art care optimized for your hectic lifestyle.

What are the benefits of concierge medicine?

Concierge medicine relies on a more in-depth doctor-patient relationship facilitated by greater availability, longer office visits and more opportunities for communication. It’s also extremely flexible, with longer office hours and other convenient options that make getting care easier than ever. Building a trusting relationship with a doctor has been shown to help patients maximize their health by helping them communicate more openly about their symptoms and their care. In addition to helping busy patients manage their healthcare, concierge care is also ideal for people with chronic medical conditions who may require more frequent visits for testing, evaluations or other care to help them stay as healthy as possible. Plus, concierge care helps patients schedule office visits much more quickly without the often prolonged wait periods before an office visit slot becomes available.

How does concierge medicine work?

Concierge medicine charges an affordable monthly or annual retainer fee, usually in addition to a small copay at the time of care. Patients enroll in the service and have access to all the benefits that go along with concierge care. If you think concierge care could be a good choice for your health and medical needs, call the office or schedule a consultation to learn more.

Geriatrics

What is geriatric medicine?

Geriatric medicine is a specialty field of medicine devoted to helping men and women manage their health as they get older. It includes evaluations, tests, treatments and procedures aimed not only at treating existing disease, but also at helping decrease risk factors for disease, as well as providing lifestyle guidance to help patients adopt healthy habits to optimize their wellness.

What conditions does geriatric medicine treat?

Geriatric medicine specialists are skilled at treating an array of illnesses and conditions, customizing care to the needs of the individual patient as they get older and their needs change. As we age, our risks of some diseases increases sharply, and much of geriatric care is focused on diagnosing these issues in their earliest stages and in identifying risk factors that make it more likely the disease will occur. Some of the most common medical risks and conditions affecting older men and women include high blood pressure, heart disease, vascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, hormonal imbalances, some types of cancer and dementia. Geriatric medicine practitioners are skilled in diagnosing, preventing and managing these conditions and many others.

What treatments are available?

Treatment of geriatric issues depends on the underlying medical condition as well as the patient’s overall health and other factors. Every treatment plan begins with a physical examination and a complete medical history to look for signs of disease and to help identify risk factors. Screening tests including blood work, urinalysis, diagnostic imaging and other testing are also important for gaining a complete picture of health necessary to manage disease. Once your health has been assessed, you’ll have a chance to learn about all your treatment options and to participate in creating a plan of care aimed at keeping you as healthy as possible.

Urgent Care

What is urgent care?

Urgent care includes any medical care for conditions that are non-emergent – that is, conditions that are not life-threatening or otherwise do not require immediate, emergency medical attention. Urgent care bridges the gap between well visits with your primary care physician and emergency room visits for true medical emergencies.

What kinds of conditions and services are included in urgent care?

At PlatinumCare LA, we offer urgent care services and treatments for many medical conditions, including:

Colds and flus
Nausea and vomiting
Sprains and strains
Earaches
Sore throats
Urinary tract infections
Stomach ache
Diarrhea
Fever
Sports injuries
Tendinitis
Back and neck pain
Allergic reactions

What is the advantage of urgent care over going to an emergency room?

Because emergency rooms are designed for the care of very serious or potentially life-threatening conditions like compound fractures, heart attacks, strokes and major trauma, the wait time for a non-emergent treatment can be extensive, which means you may wind up spending hours simply waiting to see a doctor or other healthcare professional. Urgent care offers much faster treatment without the high costs associated with emergency room care, and it also eliminates contact with serious contagious diseases that are often treated in a hospital setting.

Do I need to have an appointment for urgent care?

No, urgent care patients can come in without an appointment, making it a very convenient option. Patients can also call in advance to ensure the doctor and medical staff are prepared for their arrival so wait times can be further reduced.

Can I have urgent care even if I’m not a regular patient on PlatinumCare LA?

Yes. The doctors and medical staff at PlatinumCare LA offer urgent care in Los Angeles with all services and treatments for any patient, not just those who have been treated previously by the practice.

Vaccines

Why are vaccines important?

Vaccines provide us with extra immunity above and beyond what our bodies naturally provide. Our natural immune systems provide powerful preventive action against many types of germs, but there are some diseases that can be too powerful for our immune systems to handle or that are so uncommon, we haven’t developed natural immunity. Vaccines help provide the boost our immune systems need to successfully prevent serious diseases.

What types of vaccinations does PlatinumCare LA provide?

PlatinumCare LA offers all vaccinations required by the CDC, including those required for school enrollment. The following is a partial list of the vaccines we provide:

Chickenpox (varicella)
Shingles
Measles, mumps and rubella
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough)
Tuberculosis
Hepatitis A and B ‘HPV (human papillomavirus)
Polio (poliomyelitis)
Rabies
Flu (Influenza)
Pneumonia (pneumococcal)
Meningitis (meningococcal)
Vaccinations for overseas travel

If I was immunized as a child, do I still need vaccines?

Although childhood is the time when most vaccines are administered, you still need certain vaccines as an adult to maintain protection from specific diseases. For instance, tetanus vaccines must be administered every few years to maintain immunity. Other vaccines like the shingles vaccine are primarily developed for adult patients. Plus, new vaccines are being developed which you may never have had as a child, but which could provide you with important protection.

What side effects can be caused by vaccines?

Vaccinations can cause some redness, tenderness or swelling in the injection site, and some vaccines can cause mild flu-like symptoms such as general achiness or low-grade fever. In a few rare cases, some patients may develop allergic reactions to vaccines.

How do I know which vaccines I need?

Your doctor will review your health records, your health history and other factors with you to determine which vaccines you need to stay healthy.

Pre-Op Clearance

Why do I need a pre-op exam?

There are three primary reasons to have an exam prior to surgery: The first reason is to make sure you’re healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure by examining you and evaluating your general health. Second, a pre-op exam provides you with an opportunity to discuss any general health concerns you may have with your doctor before you undergo your procedure. Since you see your primary care doctor more often than you see your surgeon, you may feel more comfortable discussing concerns about your overall health, your procedure, your recovery and the potential impact of your surgery and recovery on other family members. And finally, by taking steps to make sure you’re in the best health possible prior to surgery, a pre-op exam at PlatinumCare LA can help reduce the length of your hospital stay and speed the recovery process.

What can I expect during my pre-op visit?

Your doctor will begin by asking you about your health, including the symptoms that lead to the decision to have surgery. Blood pressure, temperature and other vital signs may be taken to gain better insight into your current health status, and you’ll also have many of the same evaluations as you would have during a routine physical exam, with more emphasis on heart and lung function. Your doctor may also order lab tests to evaluate your immune system and other factors that could have a bearing on your surgery and your recovery.

How long before my surgery should I see my doctor?

Most pre-op visits are made within two to four weeks prior to your surgery date. This gives your primary care doctor plenty of time to order lab work and other tests that can provide a complete picture of your health. Ask your surgeon if he or she prefers you to have your pre-op exam within a specific time frame.

Hypertension

How is blood pressure measured?

Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, or mmHg. A blood pressure cuff makes two measurements: The first is your systolic pressure, which is a record of the pressure of your blood against your artery walls as it’s pushed through your body. Your systolic pressure is the top number of your blood pressure reading. The second number is the lower number of your reading, and it’s your diastolic pressure, which is the pressure of your blood in between heartbeats.

How can I manage my blood pressure?

PlatinumCare LA can help you determine what lifestyle factors you can change to help reduce your blood pressure as well as the risks of the diseases associated with hypertension. They may also prescribe medication to help you get your blood pressure under control.

What is considered "high" blood pressure?

For people under age 60, blood pressure that has a systolic pressure of 140 or greater or a diastolic pressure of 90 or greater is considered to be high or hypertensive. For people aged 60 and over, systolic pressure of 150 or more or diastolic pressure of 90 or more are considered high.

What diseases can high blood pressure cause?

Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, coronary artery disease, angina (chest pains indicating a strain on your heart), kidney damage, loss of vision, confusion and memory loss, and erectile dysfunction.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

High blood pressure typically causes no symptoms, which is why it’s often called a silent killer. Keeping an eye on your blood pressure is one reason why having regular physical exams is so important to your health. In a very few cases, high blood pressure may cause symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, excessive sweating, headache, vision problems, lightheadedness or shortness of breath.

Treatment Of Illness

What types of illnesses does PlatinumCare LA treat?

PlatinumCare LA offers medical treatment in Los Angeles for all types of chronic and acute ailments, from simple colds to managing more complex, long-term health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. In fact, as your primary care physicians, the doctors at PlatinumCare LA are skilled in diagnosing a broad range of illnesses and in developing custom care plans based on your health and your unique needs. When specialist care is needed, we can help you identify an experienced care provider who offers the services you need to stay as healthy as possible.

I have a temperature. Should I see the doctor?

That depends. In most cases, a temperature under 100°F is nothing to worry about; but if you’ve had a low-grade temperature for some time, it could be a sign that there’s an infection going on somewhere in your body, and seeing your doctor could help diagnose an underlying condition that could become worse over time. When your temperature is above 100°F, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment so your doctor can determine if you need special care and to rule out conditions like strep throat or pneumonia.

What are other signs that could indicate I need to see the doctor?

There are numerous signs and symptoms that indicate you should see a doctor, including prolonged periods of vomiting or diarrhea that could cause you to become dehydrated; blood in your bowel movement; severe abdominal pain; intense headaches; blurred vision, garbled speech or other signs of brain or neurological injury; pain or numbness in a limb; and greenish discharge from your nose that could indicate sinusitis. These are some of the most common signs and symptoms to watch out for, but there are many more and this is in no way a complete list. If you’re experiencing unusual symptoms, call our office today.

At PlatinumCare LA, medical weight loss programs are based on each patient’s unique health and medical needs as well as their lifestyle habits and other factors for a truly individualized approach to weight loss that offers superior, long-term results in men and women from Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Playa Vista, CA.

Medical Weight Loss

What is medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss is a weight loss plan that is overseen by a healthcare practitioner and is optimized for your lifestyle and medical needs. Most weight loss programs are focused only on eating less or eliminating specific foods or entire groups of foods to lose weight. That short-sighted approach may seem simple on the surface, but it fails to take into consideration all the factors that are causing you to gain weight or making it difficult to lose weight and keep it off for the long term. Medical weight loss is an individualized approach to weight loss that is backed by medical understanding of the causes of weight gain so you can achieve long-term results and better overall health.

How do I get started?

Getting started in a medical weight loss program begins with a physical exam and a review of your medical issues and health risks, as well as a discussion of your lifestyle and eating habits and other factors that could affect your weight. Lab tests including blood work may also be ordered. Then a plan will be developed based on your needs. You’ll also need to visit the office for regular checkups so your plan can be adjusted as needed for optimal results.

What are the health risks of being overweight or obese?

In recent, multiple clinical studies have determined being overweight can increase the risk of many major diseases and conditions, including:

heart disease
heart attack
stroke
coronary artery disease
high blood pressure
high cholesterol
diabetes
depression
dementia
some types of cancer

Being overweight can also interfere with hormones that control sleep, resulting in increased irritability, daytime sleepiness and a decline in productivity. Plus, carrying extra weight can make it much more difficult to participate in many physical activities and interfering with your overall quality of life.

Flu Shot

Are there different types of flu shots?

Yes. Each year, the type of flu shot can vary based on the strain or type of flu that’s prevalent that year. Most shots are intramuscular, or injected into your muscle, but some may be injected just under your skin and other flu vaccines are inhaled through a nasal spray. PlatinumCare LA can help you determine the best flu shot and delivery method for your needs.

Can I get sick from the flu shot?

Contrary to popular belief, having a flu shot will not cause you to become sick with the flu. Some patients may experience mild flu-like symptoms including general achiness after the flu shot as your body builds up its antibodies, but you will not become ill. A very few people may have allergic reactions, but these are very rare and are mostly associated with vaccines derived from eggs. If you have an egg allergy or sensitivity, be sure to tell your doctor so you can be given an egg-free vaccine. You may experience some redness, tenderness or swelling at the injection site that will go away after a day or two.

Who should have a flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all individuals six months of age or older receive flu vaccines. The need for vaccination is especially important for very young children and the elderly, whose immune systems may be more susceptible to diseases. It’s also highly recommended for people with certain medical conditions such as heart, lung, kidney or liver disease.

Is the flu shot 100 percent effective in preventing flu?

Not always. Although having a flu shot is the best way to prevent the disease, the shot’s effectiveness depends on the health and age of the person receiving the vaccine as well as whether or not the shot you receive works on the flu virus with which you come in contact.

STD Screening

How often should I be screened for STDs?

The U.S. Department of Health recommends annual screenings for anyone who is sexually active, and every three to six months for those who engage in risky behaviors, such as having sex while drunk or on drugs, having sex with multiple partners or having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.

Why is STD screening important?

STD screenings are important because even if you haven’t engaged in behavior that could put you at risk, your partner may have. Many STDs can go undetected for long periods of time, allowing bacteria or viruses to build up in your body – and allowing you to pass the disease on to others unknowingly.

Are STDs curable?

Most STDs are curable with antibiotics, but even once you begin treatment, it’s important to be re-tested in about three months to ensure the infection has been eliminated and to make sure you haven’t been re-infected. HIV, herpes and genital warts are caused by viruses and there is no cure for these diseases at this time; however, there are treatments to help minimize symptoms and flare-ups and, in the case of HIV, slow progression.

How can I reduce my risk of getting an STD?

Using condoms (or dental dams for oral sex) each time you have sex is the most effective way to prevent STDs. It’s also critically important to be honest with your partner about your past activity, including the number of partners you’ve had so they can assess their own risk. Having regular STD screenings is another important way to prevent passing infections to someone else.

I engaged in risky sex last night. Can I be tested for an STD tomorrow?

You can be tested, but there’s very little chance an infection will test positive. That’s because it takes some time – usually six weeks or so – for disease-causing bacteria or viruses to show up in your blood or fluids.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea (also called obstructive sleep apnea or OSA) is a serious medical condition that causes sleep to be interrupted many times in a single night – sometimes hundreds of times – and often without the person even knowing their sleep is being interrupted. It occurs when the airway becomes momentarily blocked, causing respiration to suddenly stop. As the person becomes more alert, breathing resumes, often accompanies by a snorting or gasping sound. Snoring is a major symptom of sleep apnea, although not all snoring is related to apnea. The condition occurs when the tissues at the back of the throat become lax and more prone to descend into the airways when you reach a state of deep relaxation. Apnea is more common with age and it’s also more common among people who are overweight or obese, but it can also occur in people who are younger and of normal body weight.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

In addition to snoring and gasping for breath during the night, sleep apnea can also result in excessive daytime sleepiness, problems concentrating and focusing, and mood changes like irritability. It’s also been associated with an increased risk for serious medical issues, including depression, heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

How is obstructive sleep apnea treated?

Treatment begins with a physical exam, often accompanied by a sleep study to measure respiration and other physical signs while you sleep. Once OSA is diagnosed, several treatments are available, including laser treatments to tighten loose tissues in the back of the throat, mouth guards to gently shift the lower jaw forward during sleep to keep airways open, and CPAP – continuous positive airway pressure – which uses a mask to deliver a continual stream of air aimed at preventing airways from becoming blocked.

Annual Physical

Why do I need a routine physical exam?

Regular physical exams often provide the first indication of underlying diseases which can be serious. They also help your doctor identify risk factors like high blood pressure or elevated levels of blood sugar that could indicate you’re at risk for cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. By comparing health data from year to year, your doctor can identify changes that could signify a need for more intensive testing or treatment, and lab work provides critical in-depth information for a complete picture of your health. What’s more, a regular physical provides you with an opportunity to discuss health concerns with your doctor so you can get the answers you need to feel confident about your health.

What does a physical exam include?

First, the doctor will talk to you about your health history, making sure it’s complete and up-to-date, and ask you about your general health and any symptoms or illnesses you may have had since your last physical. Your blood pressure will be measured and the doctor will listen to your heart and your lungs. The doctor will also look in your ears and down your throat and palpate (gently press) your belly to check your liver size and make sure you don’t have any areas of tenderness. In most cases, blood work will be ordered to provide a more thorough picture of your overall health, and you may also be asked to provide a urine sample. Finally, the doctor will discuss your health with you and make recommendations based on findings.

How frequently should I schedule a physical?

Having a physical every year is the best way to make sure you’re as healthy as you can be and to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms that could indicate a more serious underlying medical condition. Annual exams are also critical for monitoring your blood pressure and for providing guidance that can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

Sports Physical

Why are sports physicals important?

Sports physicals are important for determining if your body is healthy enough to take part in a sport activity. Not only can an exam help you play to your best ability, but it can also help prevent injuries. Your doctor may also be able to provide you with tips to help you become a better athlete.

What is included in a sports physical?

There are two primary parts of most sports physicals. In the first part, the doctor will take a complete medical history that includes information about your health as well as the health of your family members. The medical history provides a lot of important information that can help the doctor make an accurate assessment of your health in terms of your sport, so be sure to answer all questions fully. In the second part of the physical, the doctor will conduct many of the same examinations as would be performed during a regular physical exam, plus other assessments that are not typically included. Some of the evaluations include measurement of your height, weight and blood pressure; listening to your heart and lungs; and examining your ears and throat. You may also be given a basic vision exam and lab work may be ordered. Once the doctor has collected all your health information, including results of any lab work, your forms and paperwork will be completed.

How does a sports physical differ from a routine physical exam?

A sports physical focuses on your ability to perform a certain type of activity instead of focusing on your general health. The aim of the sports physical is to ensure you’re healthy enough to participate in a specific sport with equally specific physical demands. As a result, it’s not as comprehensive and inclusive as a routine physical would be, and should not be used in place of your regular physical.

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