Annual visits with a medical professional can play an essential role in achieving and maintaining your best health. Scheduling a well visit every year allows your provider to better keep track of your health. Potential issues that have developed since your previous visit can be detected and treated right away before they become more serious. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb is your physician for women’s health at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge.
What to Expect During an Annual Exam
There is nothing to be nervous about with an annual exam, or well visit, for women’s health at our office in Woodbridge. The purpose of the appointment is to assess your overall health and help you remain as healthy as possible. If potential concerns are identified, the doctor can recommend specific actions for improving your health. For example, medication or dietary changes might be recommended to reduce elevated cholesterol levels.
During an annual exam, some things that are likely to be discussed include your medical history, your family medical history, allergies, current medications, and any health concerns you have. Some specific items that are typically checked during an exam include:
- Pulse rate
- Blood pressure
- Respiratory rate
Another important aspect of an annual wellness visit is monitoring existing health conditions, if you have any. For example, if you have diabetes or a history of high blood pressure, the doctor can monitor those conditions to check that additional concerns have not developed since your last visit. In addition to monitoring existing conditions, preventive care is also part of an annual exam. Preventive care emphasizes ways to help you stay healthy by preventing health issues.
Screenings might also be performed during your annual exam. Screenings help identify health issues early on so they can be treated before more serious problems develop and are particularly beneficial if your family has a history of a specific illness or disease. Health screenings can include checking cholesterol levels or heart health, for example. Screenings can also be performed for certain types of cancers, such as skin cancer.
An annual visit with your healthcare provider can play a significant role in helping you maintain your best health possible. To schedule an appointment for an annual exam with Dr. Al-Khateeb, call our clinic for women’s health, Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA at (703) 494-4116.
Here’s what you should know about arthritis.
Over 54 million Americans (or 23 percent of American adults) have arthritis. Out of those 54 million, 1 in 4 experience severe joint pain. Arthritis refers to a group of chronic and progressive conditions that cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in certain joints of the body. If left untreated arthritis can also cause severe damage. Whether our Woodbridge, VA, physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb has just diagnosed you with arthritis or you are concerned that your symptoms could be due to arthritis, here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about arthritis.
What are the most common types of arthritis?
While there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis the three most common types include,
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
Who is at risk for developing arthritis?
While anyone can develop arthritis there are certain factors such as genetics, lifestyle and age that can also increase your risk. While arthritis is often found in older adults, this condition can also affect children. Risk factors include,
- A family history of arthritis
- Your age (older individuals are at an increased risk for arthritis)
- Your gender (women are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis while men are more likely to develop gout than women)
- Past joint injuries
Are there ways to prevent arthritis?
While certain factors such as genetics and age cannot be altered, there are still steps you can take to prevent joint injuries including proper training, conditioning, stretching and strengthening exercises.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms associated with arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling and redness. Symptoms may affect mobility or range of motion. While any joints can be affected by arthritis the most commonly affected joints are the hands, wrists, ankles, feet and shoulders.
When should I see a doctor?
If you notice regular joint pain and stiffness that doesn’t go away, then you’ll want to see a doctor for an evaluation. The sooner arthritis is diagnosed the sooner we can prevent joint damage and other symptoms from getting worse.
Is arthritis curable?
There is not a cure for arthritis but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t effective treatment options to help you manage your symptoms. Our Woodbridge, VA, family physician is dedicated to helping each and every patient with arthritis live a happy, healthy life while managing their symptoms and preventing joint damage.
What are my treatment options?
Treating arthritis usually requires a variety of traditional and alternative treatment options including,
- Medication to control pain and slow joint damage
- Physical therapy
- Appropriate exercise and physical activity
- Chiropractic care
- Vitamins and supplements
- Surgery (in severe cases)
Ridgeview Internal Medicine offers both in-office and telehealth appointments to make it easier for our patients to manage their arthritis symptoms and get prescription refills without having to leave the house. To schedule an appointment with our Woodbridge, VA, physician please call (703) 494-4116.
"One in 13 people have asthma, more than 25 million Americans," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, offers her patients information and asthma treatment options.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects lungs. People suffer from wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. The cause of asthma is unknown but it's believed to be genetic, environmental, and/or because of occupational factors.
How do you know if you have asthma?
Your physician can confirm if you suffer from asthma. Dr. Al-Khateeb will ask if you cough a lot, or if breathing worsens after physical activity. She will ask about chest tightness, wheezing, and colds lasting more than 10 days. Your physician will ask about family history with asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems.
There's also a breathing test, spirometry, to test how well your lungs are working. It tests how much air you can breathe out after taking a deep breath before and after using asthma medicine.
What is an asthma attack?
An attack is when the body’s airways constrict while air tries to move into your lungs. Less air reaches your lungs and mucous clogs up the airways, which is why people experience:
- chest tightness
- trouble breathing.
An asthma attack can happen when exposed to asthma triggers, like tobacco smoke, dust mites, outdoor air pollution, cockroach allergen, pets, mold, smoke from burning wood and/or grass.
How is asthma treated?
- Control asthma by avoiding triggers and keeping an eye out for warning signs of an asthma attack.
- Take your medicine exactly as your Woodbridge physician tells you.
- There are different medications, like those through inhalers or pills, so find out which is best for you.
Need more information about asthma?
Asthma can make life difficult but your Woodbridge, VA, physician can help. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine can be reached at (703) 494-4116 if you'd like to make an appointment or have questions about asthma.
How your women’s health specialists in Woodbridge, VA, can help
If you are struggling with urinary incontinence, it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Fortunately, your women’s health and internal medicine specialists at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, can help you feel better.
Episodes of incontinence can occur when muscles in the bladder tighten but the sphincter muscles can’t close the urethra, producing a strong urge to urinate. Problems with the nerves that control bladder muscles and the urethra can also cause incontinence. You can also lose small amounts of urine when you sneeze, laugh, or exercise.
Women suffer most from incontinence because it can be related to:
A woman’s pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, urethra, and other structures. These muscles can be weakened or damaged from the issues listed above. When the pelvic floor muscles are weak, the urinary tract muscles have to work harder to control urination. This extra stress can cause urine leakage.
There are several simple tips you can try at home to minimize incontinence. Consider:
- Doing Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles
- Urinating at set times to train your bladder
- Increasing the time between urination by 15-minute intervals to train your bladder to hold urine
- Losing weight to decrease pressure on your bladder and bladder muscles
- Avoiding caffeine, carbonated drinks, and alcohol to help minimize symptoms
- Quitting smoking to improve your overall health and decrease symptoms
- Getting help for constipation, which can make incontinence worse
- Wearing pads or protective underwear to help control leakage
Your women's health specialists at Ridgeview Internal Medicine will do a comprehensive medical examination to help diagnose the cause of your urinary incontinence. If your symptoms are related to menopause, your doctor may recommend vaginal creams or other topical agents containing estrogen. Estrogen therapy can help strengthen the muscles of the urethra.
Other common treatments for urinary incontinence include introducing bulking agents like collagen, to help thicken the walls of the bladder and urethra for added support. A surgical procedure may also be recommended. Placing a sling under your urethra and bladder to hold these structures in place is a common surgical procedure for urinary incontinence.
Concerned? Give us a call
You don't have to let urinary incontinence control your life. To find out more about urinary incontinence and how your doctor can help, call your women’s health and internal medicine specialists of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, Virginia at (703) 494-4116. Call today!
From acute to chronic health concerns, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb, your primary care physician at Ridgeview Internal Medicine, has you covered. At our office in Woodbridge, VA, we emphasize the importance of annual women's health screenings, for they prove a time for blood pressure checks, immunization schedule updates, and cardiovascular disease screenings.
You're not a set of numbers
Don't think of your annual exam as just a measurement of medical variables: it's so much more. When you visit our Woodbridge office, you can discuss women's health issues as they pertain to you personally. Whether you are in your child-bearing years or post-menopausal, your physical, emotional, and mental health needs vary. Accordingly, our physician will partner with you in preventive, personalized care that will keep you in the best possible well-being.
What an annual exam includes
When you see your doctor, she will review your medical history and discuss any changes. Dr. Al-Khateeb will take your vital signs, height, and weight.
She will also update your immunizations and order screening tests as needed (mammograms, colonoscopies, bone density, EKG, and lung function as examples). Additionally, she orders blood work to include metabolic screening tests for blood sugar/cholesterol levels, thyroid function, blood count, and more.
Expect a simple examination of muscular strength, reflexes, abdomen, lymph nodes, and issues with the ear, nose, and throat. She will ask you about your last vision and dental examinations, and if you are over 50, she may refer you for a hearing test.
Finally, your annual physical is the opportunity for you to discuss any recurring or pressing health concerns—including mental and sexual health issues. Depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, and more are all problems that your physician can help you find professional help with.
Call us today
If it's time for your annual exam, please contact Ridgeview Internal Medicine for a convenient women's health appointment. Dial (703) 494-4116 today.
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