What is a Primary Care Doctor?

Primary Care is a specialty of medicine devoted to the comprehensive health care of an individual throughout their life. Many primary care doctors know their patients personally and can diagnose a variety of ailments or refer their patient to another doctor outside of their expertise. They emphasize disease prevention and health promotion. They aim to earn the trust of the patient in order to make their practice a true family experience since they see patients of all ages.

Featured Primary Care Doctors

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Palmetto Primary Care Physicians

Charleston, Daniel Island, Goose Creek, Ladson, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, Summerville ... More
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   (843) 572-7727

Liberty Doctors in Charleston, SC (James Island)

Liberty Doctors on James Island

James Island
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   (843) 795-5362

MUSC Health Primary Care

MUSC Health Primary Care

Charleston, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, West Ashley
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Primary Care Articles

When should I see a doctor?

When to See the Doctor

While many Americans find themselves between a hospital and a hard place, weighing the risks of not seeking care after an injury, even those who feel they can freely call their doctor might wonder: Is this worth it? So how do you know when... Continue Reading

A migraine sufferer struggles with the pain of a migraine headache

Providing Relief for Migraine Sufferers

"In high school, I would literally bang my head on the floor to try and stop the pain. I know that sounds nuts," admitted Lisa Berezny, who has suffered with migraines for more than 30 years. Now in her 50s, her classic migraines... Continue Reading

Graphic of the ugly flu bug for the article Warding off the Flu

Warding Off the Flu

Every year, the flu epidemic marches on as winter approaches. What's the best way to fight the flu? A good diet? An exercise program? The newest vitamin regimen? The answer may surprise you and its probably suggested by something you've... Continue Reading

Genetic Genealogy: graphic of a man's roots

Genetic Genealogy

With technological advances, DNA testing for genetic purposes – known as genetic genealogy – has morphed into a pay-to-play novelty that connects people around the world through science and incorporates a variety of other hereditary... Continue Reading

Graphic: The elpehant in the room - South Carolina's most common illnesses

South Carolina's Most Common Illnesses

Record keeping at the Department of Health and Environmental Control is very thorough, so it's not at all difficult to determine which medical conditions are responsible for the most deaths statewide. The most recent complete compilation,... Continue Reading

Photo of a mother with her young daughter. Care for yourself so you can care for others.

MUSC Stresses the Importance of Self Care

How can you help anyone else if you are in no condition to do so? Isn't it best that you take care of yourself first so that you can help and assist others around you? And so it goes with overall health. How can you be the best mother,... Continue Reading

Happy couple has won the battle against erectile dysfunction

A New Way to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

"Hey Doc, there's just one more thing. It's nothing really, but..." is how many appointments Dr. Stuart Markovitz had with his male patients would end prior to his retiring as a general internist and coming back as a... Continue Reading

Graphic for hospital disaster preparedness

Emergency Room Disaster Preparedness

We all know what a hospital emergency room – an ER – is. It's the first place you turn to for medical attention when a personal disaster strikes. But what if a catastrophe, natural or man-made – such as a hurricane or a mass shooting – forced all of our hospitals... Continue Reading

Lupus (SLE) medications and a syringe

Living with Lupus

Nine years ago, a physician determined that Shonda Coleman has lupus, a disease without a cure that basically causes a person's immune system to attack itself. And though her medical situation doesn't seem to be improving and she's taking eight different... Continue Reading

Article graphic: A Shortage of Doctors Strikes the South

The Shortage of Doctors Strikes the South

The now-imminent physician shortage in this country — a dearth of up to 120,000 in the next 12 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges – seemed to creep up on us like a serial killer spooking for the unsuspecting young college girl in a bad horror... Continue Reading

A swollen tick on a leaf.

Bug Bites in the Summer

The dog days of summer in the tri-county area can be so energy depleting that even the Palmetto bugs move at a slower pace. Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes? Not so much. If they could talk, we'd hear, "Warmer and wetter is better." And, as one might expect with bloodthirsty... Continue Reading

A large, wooden scoop of salt for article "The Truth About Salt"

The Truth About Salt

The next time you reach for the salt shaker, pause to ask yourself, "Does this dish really need the extra salt?" The answer is most likely "no." Alexis Appel, a registered dietician and nutritionist with Roper St. Francis Healthcare, said most Americans consume... Continue Reading

A happy couple hugging

Game-Changer for Men with GAINSWave

Located in Mount Pleasant, the Charleston Men's Clinic specializes exclusively in men's sexual health, including problems with erectile dysfunction, Low-T, premature ejaculation and Peyronie's disease. The clinic has been praised for the expertise and... Continue Reading

Cholesterol testing photograph for article 'Ways to Cut Cholesterol'

Ways to Cut Cholesterol

Having high cholesterol is not a death sentence, but it is an issue that shouldn't be ignored. Experts agree that a comprehensive plan including diet, exercise, prescription drugs and even natural medications is the optimal path to avoid coronary heart disease... Continue Reading

Your family needs a Primary Care Doctor. Why?

Why Does Your Family Need a Primary Care Doctor?

Medical specialists are needed for everything from delivering babies to treating cancers, but it's the primary care doctors who are the quarterbacks of your health care. They catch the problems, coordinate the referrals and take into account lifestyle and... Continue Reading

Palmetto Primary Care is your partner in your healthcare

Palmetto Primary Care: Your Partners in Health

Only one thing is important to your family doctor at Palmetto Primary Care: you and your family. That's why this practice is designed specifically to meet your family's every health need. "In a nutshell, we're a full-service health care provider where..." Continue Reading

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