Your First Visit
With the first visit, expect a 1 1/2 – 2 hour allotment of time. This is to provide ample opportunity to voice all your health matters, thoughts and concerns. This time is also sufficient enough to take a complete health history, go over symptoms, review previous records, and gather fine details. Like any family practice, physical examinations may likely be performed and supportive diagnostics such as blood work, cultures, x-ray, mammogram, ultrasound, DEXA, MRI, CT, ultrasound, may be ordered to enhance the clinical presentation.
Diagnosis and Treatment
In terms of diagnosis, everything you would expect from a conventional medical doctor you can expect from Bridger Natural Medicine Clinic. For treatment, there is a large array of therapeutic medicinal tools from which to select from. This includes modalities such as herbs, homeopathics, specific clinical nutrition and analysis, physical medicine, diet and lifestyle management and counseling, Chinese medicine, stress management, hydrotherapy, I.V. therapy, and more. When necessary, beneficial, and prudent, prescriptions for controlled substances such as antibiotics, hormones, steroid creams or pills, anti-inflammatories, or vaccinations will be written and administered. When indicated, a referral and/or consultation with a specialist or other healthcare professionals can be expected to compliment the clinical picture. Follow-up visits take on average 30 – 60 minutes.
When treated at Bridger Natural Medicine Clinic, it may be necessary to have multiple visits over an extended period of time. This is because health is multifactorial and all aspects well beyond physical symptoms need to be factored well into the equation. It is important to understand the value in consecutive visits and keep your appointments even when you feel better, well and good. This is preventative as well as therapeutic medicine, and is an important aspect to monitoring progress and response to therapy. Every individual is unique and little remains static. As the person evolves, so evolves the treatment regimen.
Medical treatment for everyday acute problems such as colds, flu, fever, sore throats, sinus infections, ear infections, and hay fever for example, is also available at BNMC. These visits are shorter in duration… naturally.