Primary care physicians in Dulles, Virginia
Finding a primary care provider is essential to ensuring you and your family receive the best healthcare possible. At StoneSprings Hospital, we work closely with a range of primary care providers in Northern Virginia to meet the needs of all our patients, from pediatrics to geriatrics. The close relationships we share with primary care physicians and other specialists allow us to provide your family expert, personalized care.
Call our Consult-A-Nurse® team, available 24/7, at (855) 226-7344 to find a primary care physician today.
Primary care services
Your primary care physician is able to provide the following services:
- Sick visits
- Preventive care
- Health screenings
- Well-child visits
- Wellness physicals
The flu is not a cold. It normally comes on suddenly and, according to the Center for Disease Control, may include some or all of the following symptoms:
- Fever, although not everyone with the flu will experience a fever
- Feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
Typically, people recover from the flu within a few days to less than two weeks. Although, some individuals may develop complications, such as pneumonia, which can be life-threatening. Flu may also exacerbate chronic health problems like asthma and congestive heart failure.
Fighting the flu
One of the most proactive steps in protecting yourself against the flu is receiving your annual flu shot. If you think you or your child has the flu you should:
- Check in with your primary care physician
- Go to the emergency room if you are experiencing severe flu symptoms
Choosing a primary care provider
Primary care physicians are experts in the human anatomy and specialize in internal medicine, family practice or pediatric care. They are able to diagnose, treat, advise and prescribe medication for any type of medical disease or condition.
Types of primary care providers
Primary care providers offer different services and areas of specialization. You should consider your medical needs and stage of life when choosing which type of primary care physician is right for you.
Types of primary care physicians include:
- Pediatricians: These are physicians who specialize in providing care for newborns, children and adolescents up to 18 years old.
- Internists: These are physicians who treat adults, including seniors.
- Family practice: These physicians take care of the whole family, from babies to seniors.
- Obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYNs): These are physicians who treat women of all ages, especially women in their childbearing years.
- Gerontologists: These physicians specialize in providing care for seniors’ medical needs.
Questions to ask when choosing a primary care provider
Before choosing your primary care provider, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it easy to reach the primary care provider? Is the staff friendly?
- Are the office hours and location convenient for me?
- Do they accept my insurance?
- Does this primary care physician focus on my needs? Will they refer me to specialists for more focused care?
- Does this provider encourage me to participate in my care?