Chronic illness is typically defined as a condition lasting more than a year, which requires consistent medical care and/or impacts your daily life significantly. Six out of ten adults in the U.S have a chronic illness, and four out of ten have two or more chronic illnesses. As a rule of thumb, if your condition is unlikely to improve substantially and you suffer from symptoms, side effects, or limitations most days because of it, you have a chronic illness.
At Liberty Medical Services in South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, Dr. Philip Baldeo treats chronically ill patients with dignity and respect, helping them find ways to manage their condition. With expert medical support, you can enjoy your day-to-day life even if you have a chronic illness.
Most common types of chronic illnesses
Different organizations classify chronic illnesses differently. The CDC recognizes seven major chronic illnesses:
- Heart disease
- Chronic lung disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Alzheimer's disease
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recognizes nearly triple that number, including illnesses such as HIV and chronic depression.
Common side effects of chronic illness
Oftentimes, people with chronic illness have to take medication on a daily basis. Many live with constant pain, which can be disabling, or they lose mental capacity, requiring them to have constant care. There is a blurry line between chronic illness / disease and chronic conditions, such as asthma, degenerative disc disease, and rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, all of which can cause significant and ongoing discomfort and distress.
Diagnosing chronic illnesses
A proper diagnosis of a chronic condition or illness is vital to creating a long-term treatment plan. Since many chronic illnesses progress very slowly, it can be possible for you to go undiagnosed until your condition is advanced. Dr. Baldeo reviews your patient history carefully and asks questions to determine if there could be a chronic illness hiding in plain sight. He can then order diagnostic tests to rule out or confirm a diagnosis.
Managing chronic illnesses
Dr. Baldeo will create a customized treatment plan for the one or more chronic illnesses you have been diagnosed with. He’ll combine your diagnosis with other data points, such as your age, weight, overall health, and any medications you are on. From there he can design a management plan that can address your symptoms, strengthen your health, and relieve pain as well as preventing depression.
The specific treatment you receive at Liberty Medical Services for a chronic illness depends on the conditions you have and any other factors that could influence treatment, such as your age, lifestyle, and weight. Dr. Baldeo creates a personalized care plan for each patient that can include medication, physical therapy, neuromuscular reprogramming, chiropractic sessions, and more.
If you’re living with a long-term health issue and need expert chronic illness management, call Liberty Medical Services at 718-218-3006 or schedule a consultation online.