Preventive Care

Family Medicine located in Helena, MT

Preventive Care

You don’t always have to be sick to visit the doctor. Preventive screenings and services for the whole family can avoid unwanted health conditions in the future or detect them early on. At Sage Medical Clinic in Helena, Montana, the team of experienced family medicine physicians offers exceptional preventive care. The practice treats patients of all ages and provides a welcoming, compassionate environment. Call the practice today to learn more about preventive medicine, or schedule an appointment online.  

What is preventive care? 

Preventive care ensures your current health and that of your family while also working to prevent future health concerns and conditions.

Doctors developed preventive medicine protocols to encourage accessible health care and to avoid disease, disability, and untimely death for all ages. 

There are three types of preventive care. 

Primary preventive medicine

Primary preventive medicine includes nutritional medicine, vaccinations, and immunizations. Your provider helps you and your family stay current on immunizations needed at all stages of your life.

Secondary preventive medicine

Secondary preventive medicine focuses on identifying a health issue early on — this empowers you to understand your illness and slow its progression. 

Tertiary preventive medicine

Tertiary preventive medicine focuses on limiting the harm done by a current health concern you may already have. Your provider collaborates with you on long-term solutions and day-to-day supportive tools. 

What preventive care screenings and tests are available? 

Sage Medical Clinic offers several preventive screenings, lab tests, and health counseling. The practice has in-house, convenient lab services for efficient blood draws and prompt results for various tests.

Options for patients aged four and older include: 

  • Blood pressure tests 
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Diabetes screenings
  • Cancer screenings 
  • Pregnancy tests and screenings 
  • HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings
  • Hepatitis B and C screenings 
  • Well-woman and well-child visits 
  • Flu shots
  • Immunizations for all ages
  • Vaccines against diseases like meningitis, polio, or measles
  • Depression screenings 
  • Substance misuse assessments (for adolescents to adults)
  • Child developmental screenings 

Although many insurances cover these services at 100%, the team encourages you to contact your insurance company before booking an appointment. Plans only provide certain screening or test coverage for specific high-risk groups.

What are the other benefits of preventive care? 

In addition to tests and screenings, Sage Medical Clinic offers counseling and educational services to support your health. These services can benefit your child’s development and identify mental or physical issues early on.

Topics for all ages include: 

  • Lifestyle changes  
  • Exercise and diet 
  • Weight loss 
  • Obesity prevention
  • Quitting smoking 
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Fall prevention (for those over age 65)
  • Pregnancy counseling 
  • STI counseling 
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to prevent HIV 

If you or your family is seeking preventive care, call Sage Medical Clinic today or schedule an appointment online.