What Can My Doctor Diagnose During a Telehealth Visit?
Telehealth is a popular option for many patients (and doctors, too), offering medical care and treatment right in a patient’s home (or other location of their choosing). Since the pandemic, the use of telehealth services has skyrocketed — in fact, today, the use of telehealth has increased 38 times above what it was before COVID-19 struck the United States.
At Medical Access, our team offers telehealth visits using secure internet connections, helping patients get the care they need on their own schedules and in a location that’s comfortable and convenient. Here’s how a telehealth visit can help you get the care you and your loved ones need without leaving home.
Telehealth treatment options
Our team offers a full complement of telehealth services, so patients can get the care they need for both acute and chronic medical issues.
Acute medical problems include colds, flu, and other illnesses, as well as earaches, stomachaches, back pain, and other issues that develop suddenly. Having these problems diagnosed and treated via telehealth lets you stay home and rest instead of traveling to our office. Plus, staying home means you won’t be exposed to other germs on your trip or while waiting for your visit.
Chronic medical problems
Chronic medical problems are issues that develop over time and require ongoing management. High blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and other long-term medical issues can all be managed via telehealth visits. Our team can also diagnose the cause of emerging symptoms and other problems that can be more common with some chronic ailments.
What to expect during your virtual visit
Whether your appointment is virtual or in-person, every visit with our team will be a little different, based on the issue that’s concerning you. Our team customizes diagnosis and treatment on an individual basis, so you can always feel confident you’re getting the highest level of care.
Just like in-person visits, telehealth visits begin with a review of your symptoms or concerns. You may want to jot down some notes before your appointment to make sure you don’t forget to mention anything. Your provider will ask a lot of details about your symptoms, like how they feel and when they began, to help guide diagnosis and treatment.
Next, your provider will perform an exam. During this part of your visit, your provider may ask you to use your camera to focus on the area of your body that’s causing your symptoms — for instance, a sore throat or an itchy rash. For stomach discomfort, your provider might ask you to gently press your tummy and tell them if you have pain.
At the conclusion of your visit, your provider will suggest a treatment plan that might include prescriptions or additional evaluations, like lab testing or diagnostic imaging. They may also ask you to schedule a follow-up visit, so they can check in on your treatment. Most visits last about 30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to ask questions, too.
Medical care that works for you
Telehealth lets you get medical care and health guidance no matter how busy you are or where you’re located, making it a lot easier to take steps to stay healthy at every stage of your life. To learn more about the telehealth services we offer through our practices in Germantown, Rockville, and Beltsville, Maryland, and Alexandria, Woodbridge, and McLean, Virginia — and how those services can work for your healthy life — book an appointment online or over the phone today.