Dr. Bridges has been trained in two medical specialties.
The specialty of adolescent medicine provides comprehensive medical care for adolescents – generally characterized as young people between the ages of 12 and 21. Because adolescence can be a challenging time in the development and maturation of a young person both physically and mentally, many will require personalized treatment from a physician trained to meet the specific needs of adolescents. Physicians practicing adolescent medicine have the training to deal with the challenges that occur at this stage of a young person’s life.
Those providing preventive and primary adolescent care will generally take a more holistic approach to treatment. This includes the overarching goal of understanding as much as possible about the various facets of the adolescent’s life; some practitioners utilize the HEADSS assessment. This assessment stands for Home, Education/Employment, Activities, Drugs, Sex, and Suicidality; the provider will ask questions pertaining to these aspects of the patient’s life in order to fully understand the scope of the difficulties or conditions that their patients are facing.
Adolescent medicine can encompass a variety of issues faced by young people, which may include: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), substance abuse, eating disorders, mental illnesses, acne, pregnancy (both planned and unexpected), birth control programs, menstrual disorders and problems with puberty, among many other conditions and disorders.
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The study of infectious disease, also called communicable disease, is a subspecialty of internal medicine focused on the identification, study, transfer, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. In some cases, infectious disease may be considered a subspecialty of pediatrics. Futhermore, some infectious disease specialists may concentrate on one type of disease, such as those studying and treating HIV/AIDS.
Because these physicians are trained to identify communicable diseases caused by fungi, parasites, bacteria and viruses, they are often involved in cases where primary car providers require specialized assistance. This may include assistance for verification of the diagnosis when the infection is unusually severe, or due to intolerance or resistance to antibiotics or other types of treatment.
Infectious disease specialists are able to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases such as recurring infections, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, infections to wounds, hepatitis B & C, chronic fatigue syndrome, unusual or recurring fevers and many other diseases. Infectious disease specialists often work as part of a multidisciplinary medical team when confronted with overarching or overly complex conditions. These physicians are trained to review medical history and tests, perform their own diagnostic procedures and treat patients on their own if and when necessary.
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