Health & Wellness Specialist

Ross Bridge Medical Center -  - Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center

Ross Bridge Medical Center

Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center located in Hoover, AL

General health and wellness are absolutely vital but are often neglected today. The team of physicians at Ross Bridge Medical Center in Hoover, Alabama, offers Birmingham-area patients the best in health and wellness in an urgent care setting. From obesity management to treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, the Ross Bridge Medical Center team is here for you. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Health & Wellness Q & A

How often do I need a wellness checkup?

Wellness checkups are important for everyone because they give your doctor the chance to monitor ongoing health issues and identify developing problems. Your wellness checkups are also helpful in developing preventive care strategies that can help you avoid chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

The exact schedule for your wellness checkups at Ross Bridge Medical Center depends on your specific needs, but most patients need to have a yearly wellness checkup. Medicare, as well as many insurance companies, covers one wellness physical per year.

What kind of health problems can occur with obesity?

Obesity can cause a number of serious health issues. Some of the most common problems caused by obesity are:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

According to the American Cancer Society, being overweight or obese is thought to cause around 8% of cancers and 7% of all cancer deaths among Americans today. Your Ross Bridge Medical Center physician can help you manage obesity-related health concerns effectively.

When should I be screened for sexually transmitted diseases?

Screening for sexually transmitted diseases depends on your specific circumstances and lifestyle. Anyone who’s sexually active, or who has been sexually active, should consider getting tested. The recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:

  • HIV: minimum of one test for anyone age 13-64, and yearly for anyone who engages in unprotected sex or who shares needles
  • Chlamydia: yearly for women under 25, and for anyone over 25 with multiple partners or STD exposure
  • Gonorrhea: yearly for women under 25, and for anyone with multiple partners or STD exposure
  • Syphilis and hepatitis B: during pregnancy, and repeated as needed
  • Syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea: yearly or more frequently for sexually active gay or bisexual men

Although these are general guidelines, your doctor can best recommend whether you should be tested. Be honest with your doctor regarding your sexual history and sexual habits so they can make the best possible STD testing recommendations for you.

If you’re concerned about STDs, schedule an appointment with Ross Bridge Medical Center through the online booking tool or by calling the office now.