Why Virtual Doctors Can’t Replace Primary Care Physicians

doctor visitNow that you can do pretty much anything from your phone, from ordering your groceries to finding your next date, the next frontier is for a doctor to diagnose your illness without you having to leave the comfort of your couch.  However, there is a negative side to not visiting a doctor: the person to person interaction.

Virtual doctors are on the horizon of convenient health care services but cannot replace what a doctor’s visit can do for your overall health.  There are so many benefits to having a one on one relationship with your primary care physician, and here are five reasons why you should use your phone to schedule an in-person doctor visit.

To establish a relationship with your physician

If you never make an appointment with a doctor, you can’t ever have a relationship with one.  Having a regular physician means having someone who knows your medical history and who will work with you to improve your current health and to suggest lifestyle habits that encourage longevity.

To establish your health risk

When you have a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, or cancer, you may be at risk for these health conditions, too.  Having a relationship with your doctor allows you to feel comfortable with sharing your family history and discuss ways to determine what screening tests and procedures you may need.

To keep your body in check

A virtual doctor can’t tell how you went from wearing a size 6 to a size 10 within a year’s time!  And even if you can still fit into your jeans, there are other health factors and vital signs such as your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as laboratory testing, that need to be monitored regularly. This can only be done in person.

To keep your mind in check

Having a regular wellness exam performed by your primary care physician not only keeps your body in check, but it also keeps your mind in check.  Having a routine mental health screening by your physician can help identify warning signs that can be referred to a psychiatrist or a mental health therapist.

To prevent anything from going bad to worse

Health protection and prevention is key when it comes to staying healthy for the long haul.  Your doctor can perform routine blood tests and vaccinations that your virtual doctor obviously cannot do.  Although it may seem like a hassle now, just an hour of your time at the doctor’s office can uncover potential diseases and infections that can be treated early on before it alters the trajectory of your life.


Primary Care at Synergy Immediate Care in Tysons, VA

At Synergy Immediate Care, we put our patients’ health first, which is why we provide customized primary care that caters to our patients’ individual needs.  We also provide a range of specialty services such as diabetes and thyroid maintenance, gynecology services, and more.

For more information about the services we provide or to schedule an appointment, please call to speak with one of our medical staff at 703-942-5331.

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