At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained family medicine doctors are recognized experts in preventive care as well as in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients of all ages.
Family medicine doctors, also referred to as family doctors or family physicians, are nonsurgical doctors who work within a medical specialty known as family medicine or family practice. These doctors offer patient-centered, comprehensive medical care for the whole family, including infants, children, high school students, adults, and seniors.
Unlike pediatric and internal medicine doctors, who treat only a specific age group, family medicine doctors continuously provide care for patients at every stage of life. They also look at the patient as a whole instead of focusing on one organ system. This allows them to provide care centered around the total health and wellness of the patient.
Family physicians undergo a wide spectrum of extensive medical training. This includes rotations in internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatric medicine, and geriatric medicine. In addition to their multispecialty residency training, family medicine providers can choose to undergo fellowship training in sports medicine, geriatrics, or another area of medicine.
Because of their wide range of training, family physicians are uniquely skilled to serve as primary care providers. It also gives them the ability to not only diagnose and treat a variety of acute and chronic illnesses, injuries, and conditions but also provide preventive care, such as sports physicals to high school athletes, as well as personalized counseling.
What Do Family Medicine Experts Treat?
Family medicine providers can serve as primary care doctors and provide a wide breadth of care for patients of all ages. If you are wanting continuous care or have one of the following issues or health disorders, you may benefit from seeing a family medicine or primary care sports medicine specialist:
- Acute injury
- Musculoskeletal injury
- Overuse injury
- Sports-related injury
- Tennis elbow
In addition to providing care for acute and chronic injuries and conditions, family physicians provide the following:
- Annual physicals
- Health-risk assessments
- Personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Preventive care
- Routine checkups
- Screening tests
- Sports medicine care
- Sports physicals, or pre-participation physical examinations
- Urgent care
What to Expect With Our Family Medicine Specialists
After a thorough assessment, which may include on-site imaging, such as X-rays, our family medicine providers will work with you to determine a course of treatment for your illness, injury, or condition or help you develop a preventative care plan that meets your unique needs and goals. Our experts always consider nonsurgical treatment options first, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy with one of our certified physical therapists, or ultrasound-guided injections.
When surgery or specialty care is necessary, our physicians work with our orthopedic and sports medicine surgeons as well as our additional specialists to ensure that our patients receive the right care for the best outcomes.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our doctors, including our family medicine and primary care sports medicine specialists, with every tool and resource they may need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of orthopedic doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and medical experts.
Our family medicine providers are doctors whose medical practices focus on providing ongoing, comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages. Dr. Robert Gousse and Dr. Rod Kraft are highly trained medical experts who specialize in family medicine as well as primary care sports medicine. From providing sports medicine care for high school and adult athletes to routine checkups and screening tests, our family medicine and primary care sports medicine providers understand the many illnesses, conditions, and injuries patients can face throughout a lifetime and are dedicated to providing them the care they need during each stage of life.
If you are in need of a family medicine or primary care sports medicine specialist, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized primary care you deserve.