Chronic Care Specialist

Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA

James A. Roberts, MD

Family Medicine located in Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce, FL

As many as 133 million Americans, or half of the United States population, suffer from some form of chronic disease. James A. Roberts, MD, of Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA provides expert chronic care medicine to the Treasure Coast community from his office in Fort Pierce, Florida. With over 40 years of experience treating chronic disease, Dr. Roberts is a trustworthy and compassionate provider. For treatment of your chronic health condition, call or schedule an appointment online.

Chronic Care Q & A

What is chronic care?

Chronic care is a field of medicine that focuses on the treatment and long-term management of a chronic disease. Chronic disease is defined as a health condition that lasts more than three months. Typically, there is no cure, and vaccines can’t prevent chronic disease. Chronic disease requires long-term management and ongoing monitoring.

The purpose of chronic care medicine is to:

  • Improve long-term outcomes for patients with chronic disease
  • Decrease the risk of progression of chronic disease
  • Prevention of further complications of chronic disease
  • Support for symptoms and progression of chronic disease
  • Reduce suffering related to disease symptoms

As you age, your chances for acquiring one or more chronic diseases increases significantly. Smoking, unhealthy eating, and a sedentary lifestyle increase your risk for chronic disease and worsen your long-term outcomes if you have a chronic disease.

What are the most common chronic diseases?

Dr. Roberts provides quality chronic care management for conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Eczema or psoriasis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis  (RA)
  • Heart disease, including high blood pressure
  • Mood disorders, including anxiety and depression

Each of these diseases requires its own unique set of diagnostic studies, long-term treatment plans, medications, and potential long-term complications. Dr. Roberts has extensive experience in treating all forms of chronic disease.

What are some treatments in chronic care medicine?

Your chronic care management plan is specific to your chronic disease and current symptoms. Chronic care is a personalized long-term treatment plan established by working closely with Dr. Roberts.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Medications
  • Mental health referrals
  • Specialist referrals
  • Physical therapy referrals
  • Regular diagnostic testing
  • Frequent or routine blood work
  • Annual physicals or more frequent physical assessments
  • Nutritional counseling

Dr. Roberts and his team at Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA commit to helping reduce your suffering and slow the progress of your chronic disease, whenever possible. Because he offers quality chronic care management, you are not alone as you endure your chronic illness.

For a chronic care medicine consultation, call or schedule an appointment online with Family Medical Practice of the Treasure Coast, PA today.