Geriatrics Specialist

DFW MDcare

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Plano, TX

As you age, you have a higher risk of getting sick, developing chronic conditions, and suffering from acute injuries. At DFW MDcare in Plano, Texas, you can get compassionate geriatric medical care to help you heal and stay in optimal health. To make an appointment with the team, call the office or book online today.

Geriatrics Q&A

What are the most common conditions that affect seniors?

As you age, your immune system weakens, your bones become more brittle, and your risk of developing chronic diseases dramatically increases. Because of these factors, some of the most common conditions that affect elderly men and women include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Pneumonia and bronchitis
  • Severe colds and cases of flu
  • Arthritic joint deterioration
  • Adult-onset of diabetes
  • Osteoporosis and brittle bones
  • Kidney disease and bladder problems
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Plus, you may just experience widespread agonizing pain, possibly from fibromyalgia or arthritis, that can start lowering your quality of life if you don’t start a personalized pain management plan right away.

When should I schedule a geriatric assessment?

Depending on your age, health, and any underlying chronic conditions, you generally need to have a comprehensive geriatric health assessment about two to four times per year throughout your elderly years. These are preventive wellness visits, and they are designed to monitor your health, check for signs of health concerns, and help you manage chronic conditions.

There are other times when you may need a sick visit or even urgent or emergency care. The DFW MDcare team encourages you to come in as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms.

  • High fever
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Persistent, nagging cough
  • Joint pain or inflammation
  • Difficulty breathing or wheezing
  • Open or oozing wounds or sores

You should also visit DFW MDcare right away if you’re feeling lethargic and overly fatigued. These are some warning signs that your body may be fighting an infection or illness.

How are geriatric conditions treated?

DFW MDcare is home to experienced physicians and clinical staff who provide specialized care to meet your needs. Because your body doesn’t heal as quickly during your senior years, medical intervention is essential. Your personalized treatment plan may include:

  • Prescription medications for chronic conditions or acute illnesses
  • Vaccination updates, including flu shots
  • Occupational, physical, or speech therapy
  • Comprehensive wound care
  • Post-acute care rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic treatments

The expert physicians at DFW MDcare can even counsel you on how to manage chronic conditions at home, including diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, as well as nutrition advice, so you can take control of your health and improve your quality of life.

If you’re older and experiencing an injury or illness, call DFW MDcare for an appointment or book one online today.