Family Medicine

Primary care physician Karl Trippe, MD, provides comprehensive family medicine services for his patients at Waco Primary Care in Texas. Dr. Trippe offers comprehensive family medicine exams that prioritize preventive care. At his primary care practice, he works diligently to support you and your family’s physical and mental health. To learn more about available family medicine services, call Waco Primary Care to request an appointment 254-399-6545

Family Medicine Q & A

What is family medicine?

Family medicine is a branch of health care that addresses the health needs of family members of all ages.

Dr. Trippe at Waco Primary Care offers comprehensive care for children, adults, and geriatric patients. The focus is on managing existing health conditions and preventing disease.

Available family medicine services include:

  • Sick visits
  • Annual physicals
  • Preventive health screenings
  • Chronic disease management

Dr. Trippe addresses a variety of acute and chronic illnesses, like diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint pain. He can also offer guidance for improving your overall physical and mental well-being.

Why do I need an annual physical?

An annual physical is a preventive visit that helps your Waco Primary Care provider monitor your overall health and identify potential issues in their earliest stages.

Preventive care is crucial, so you should schedule a routine physical yearly as an adult, even if you’re not having symptoms and are otherwise healthy.

Children need wellness exams every few months until the age of 2. Geriatric patients and those with existing health conditions may need more frequent physicals.

During a physical exam, your provider takes time to review your personal and family medical history. They check for signs of tenderness, swelling, and evaluate your joint mobility and reflexes.

Depending on your needs and medical history, you may need blood work or additional preventive health screenings for conditions like osteoporosis, cancer, and lung disease.

What are the benefits of family medicine?

Working with Dr. Trippe at Waco Primary Care ensures every member of your family receives high-quality, consistent health care in one location. Waco Primary Care offers diagnostic testing to identify symptoms and monitor the effectiveness of the treatments.

One of the most important reasons to work with a trusted family medicine doctor lies in the utility of preventive care. Often, patients only see a doctor when they have outward signs of illness, making treatment more difficult. Dr. Trippe emphasizes preventive care at his practice, which enables him to help patients avoid problems from latent medical issues.

To schedule a family medicine consultation for you or your family members, call Waco Primary Care, or request an appointment online today.