Adolescent Care

NY Family Docs -  - Primary Care Practice

NY Family Docs

Primary Care Practice & Family Practice located in Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, CityLine & Forest Hills NY

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic diseases are becoming a major health crisis among adolescents, lowering their life expectancies and harming the quality of their lives. At NY Family Docs, with offices in Queens and Brooklyn, including Woodhaven, Ridgewood, and Williamsburg, New York, the staff offers specialized adolescent care to treat patients in this time of rapid growth and psychological changes. For more information on adolescent care, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

Adolescent Care Q & A

Why do patients require specialized adolescent care?

The adolescent patients at NY Family Docs need specialized care because they are teenagers going through some of the biggest changes in their lives so far. During this developmental stage, it’s important for teens to have a resource where they can ask tough questions without the fear of being judged or punished.

Yearly exams also help prevent the development of chronic diseases. A  long-term relationship with patients helps the staff track changes and identify symptoms early on.

What kinds of services does adolescent care include?

The staff at NY Family Docs provide their adolescent patients with specialized services that include:

  • Comprehensive physical exams
  • Preventive measures and treatment for chronic issues like diabetes, obesity, and more
  • Education about sex-related issues and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Education about substance use, abuse, and addiction
  • Identifying behavioral issues and learning disorders

The more teens know about their own development, the more they can recognize when things are wrong and become more active in their own health care.

What to expect at an appointment for adolescent care?

During your appointment, the staff will do a regular physical exam along with screenings for high blood pressure, eating disorders, depression, and more of the issues that particularly affect teenagers today. Older teens will get STD tests, and girls will be referred to a gynecologist.

What is included in adolescent care that isn’t in a regular physical?

An important component of adolescent care is counseling, where the staff will ask teenage patients about behavioral or emotional issues they’re experiencing and help them navigate these problems.

The staff will also discuss common risky behaviors like:

  • Engaging in unprotected sex
  • Abusing alcohol or any other substance
  • Using tobacco products

The staff knows that it can be difficult for teens to talk about these issues with their families, but these discussions are important to have. To respect the privacy of all patients at NY Family Docs, any consultation about sex, birth control, alcohol, and drug use is kept completely confidential.

Call the office or go online to make an appointment for specialized adolescent care today.