Chronic Care Management Specialist

Engliberta R Santos, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Engliberta R Santos, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Physician located in Woodside, Queens, NY

A chronic condition or disease can be overwhelming and daunting, but the right medical support can ease your anxiety. At her private practice, internal medicine physician Engilberta R. Santos, MD, in Woodside, Queens, New York, is fully aware of how heavy the weight of chronic disease can be. Dr. Santos provides compassionate and highly personalized chronic care management for many different chronic diseases, such as COPD, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. Initiate a life-long relationship with a medical provider that you can trust by calling Engilberta R. Santos, MD.

Chronic Care Management Q&A

What is chronic care management?

Chronic care management is highly personalized medical care that involves closely monitoring and managing various chronic conditions and diseases, like diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. Chronic care management is long-term care, and, often, life-long care centered on relieving disease symptoms and lowering disease risks. Proper chronic care management can improve your general health, wellness, and quality of life.

Many chronic and long-lasting conditions can usually be controlled, but, in many cases, they can’t be cured. The objective of chronic care management is typically to prevent complications and manage daily symptoms that might be negatively impacting your quality of life.

What are the most common chronic diseases?

Some of the most common chronic conditions are:

  • Hypertension
  • COPD
  • Obesity
  • Heart failure
  • Arthritis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Acne
  • Skin disorders
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease

Different conditions require different testing, management, and treatments.

What does chronic care management involve?

Chronic care management involves testing, check-ups, screenings, patient education, monitoring, coordinating treatment, and more. How Dr. Santos treats your condition depends on your current symptoms, health, preferences, and other factors.

The first step is an in-depth discussion with Dr. Santos, a physical exam, and any necessary testing, such as an X-ray or blood work.

To treat your chronic condition, Dr. Santos might suggest several treatments, such as medications like pain-relievers and anti-inflammatories, lifestyle changes like stress management, nutritional counseling, and an appropriate exercise routine, patient education, and vitamins and supplements.

Dr. Santos focuses on helping you to live a healthier lifestyle and relieving your pain without the use of opioids and medications that can pose serious side effects and risks.

Dr. Santos can also give you referrals when necessary. For example, if you have an arthritic condition or autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Santos might also refer you to a rheumatologist and work closely with your specialists to provide you with the excellent collaborative care you deserve.

What are the advantages of chronic care management?

Chronic care management offers many advantages, such as:

  • A valuable and personalized treatment plan
  • Helpful education and information about your disease
  • Symptom relief
  • Access to a qualified medical provider who’s familiar with your health
  • Track your disease progression and symptoms

With the right effective healthy lifestyle and behavior modifications and the appropriate professional medical management, most chronic conditions can be treated and controlled.

Let Dr. Santos help you manage your chronic condition and enhance your quality of life and wellness. Call Engilberta R. Santos, MD.