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CVMG Medical Specialties

Older adults have special healthcare needs that can make their medical care more complicated. More than half of adults age 65 and older have three or more medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, or high blood pressure. (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)

As seniors age, medical problems can present themselves. Sometimes, seniors don’t always know whom to consult. Below are some of the more common illnesses seniors can experience. Your CVMG Primary Care Physician (PCP) can be an ideal starting place to provide a referral to a specialist. Or, if you need additional information on where to start, please give us a call at (209) 573-7401.

Senior Specialties:

Allergy/Asthma/Immunology
This branch of medicine treats allergies, asthma and allergic asthma

Audiology
The diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and balance problems; fitting of hearing aids

Cardiology
The branch of medicine that deals with diseases and abnormalities of the heart

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical treatment of diseases in the chest, including heart and lungs

Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery
The surgical treatment of diseases in the chest vascular system

Chiropractor
A system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles and organs

Dentistry/TMJ
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement

Dermatology
The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders and diseases, especially skin cancer

Electrophysiology
The branch of medical specialty of clinical cardiology and is concerned with the study and treatment of rhythm disorders of the heart

Endocrinology
The brand of medicine dealing with the endocrine system, hormones and disease

Family Medicine
Primary care physicians for the entire family providing comprehensive health care for people of all ages, especially seniors

Gastroenterology
The branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the digestive system, stomach and intestines, especially colon cancer, reflux, gallstones and irritable bowel syndrome

General Surgery
Surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs: intestines and esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts and often the thyroid gland

General Surgery Bariatrics
The branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity, often through surgery to induce weight loss

Gerontology
The branch of medicine concerned with the process of aging and ailments that come with age

OB/GYN
The branch of medicine that deals with the diseases and disorders of the female reproductive system, including cancer, menopausal and geriatric gynecology, female incontinence, women’s health

Hematology
Diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders and diseases, including lymphoma and leukemia

Infectious Disease
The branch of medicine specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, especially in the sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, urinary tract, bowel, bones and pelvic organs that may be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites

Internal Medicine
Specialists in handling the broad and comprehensive spectrum of illnesses that affect adults, especially chronic illnesses and issues of health maintenance and preventive screenings

Interventional/Diagnostic Radiology
Sub-speciality of radiology which utilizes image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Professional and academic credentials in the field of psychology, including psychotherapy, counseling and social work

Nephrology
The branch of medicine that deals with diseases of the kidneys, especially kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, and acute renal failure

Neurology/Stroke
The branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the brain and nervous system, especially stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, headache, and Parkinson’s disease

Neurosurgery
Specialty surgery performed on the nervous system, especially the brain and spinal cord

Oncology
The diagnosis and treatment of tumors or cancer

Ophthalmology
A medical and surgical specialist who deals with diseases of the eyes, especially cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma

Ophthalmology/Retina Specialist
A retina specialist is a medical doctor who has specialized in ophthalmology and whom has then sub-specialized in diseases and surgery of the vitreous body of the eye and the retina. This subspecialty is sometimes known as vitreoretinal medicine.

Optometry
A doctor of optometry, OD, examines the eyes for visual defects and prescribes corrective lenses

Orthopedics/Joint Replacement
Treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including trauma and breaks or injuries, degenerative diseases, infections and tumors; joint replacement includes knee, hip and shoulder

Otolaryngology
Also known as ear, nose and throat doctors, this branch of medicine treats the head and neck; adult patients seek care for sinus infections, age-related hearing loss and cancers of the head or neck regions

Pain Management
Easing suffering and improving the quality of life for those living with moderate to severe or chronic pain

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Also known as physiatry, which is the treatment of disease by physical means such as manipulation, heat, electricity or radiation, rather than by medication or surgery

Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
Correction of functional impairment caused by burns; traumatic injuries, such as facial bone fractures and breaks; infection and disease and cancer or tumors

Podiatry
A DPM, doctor of podiatric medicine, provides diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of the foot, ankle and lower extremities

Psychiatry
Medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders

Psychology
Clinical psychotherapy and counseling services performed by a licensed psychologist

Radiation Oncology
The medical use of radiation as part of cancer treatment to control malignant cells

Rheumatology
Specialist care for the diagnosis, treatment and medical management of arthritis, rheumatism and other disorders of the joints, muscles and ligaments

Sleep Medicine
Specialist devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of sleep disturbances and disorders, including sleep apnea

SNFist
Primary care physician who practices within the four walls of one or more Skilled Nursing Facilities

Urology/Prostate/Incontinence
Specialist care for problems involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate and sexual organs, including urinary incontinence

Vascular Surgery
Surgical specialty for diseases of the vascular system – arteries or veins – are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive procedures and surgical reconstruction

Wound Care
Specialist treatment in chronic and non-healing complex or limb-threatening wounds

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