If your child is between the ages of 11 and 21 years, he or she may benefit from the care of an adolescent health specialist.
Today’s adolescents face tremendous social and academic pressures, as well as potentially life-threatening illnesses, habits, and behaviors. Adolescent health specialists have the training and expertise to help teens and young adults with their complex physical, behavioral, and emotional health care needs—from physical exams and immunizations to reproductive and mental health care.
What Types of Treatments Do Adolescent Health Specialists Provide?Adolescent health specialists provide adolescents and young adults with comprehensive care and treatment for a variety of problems and conditions, including:
Physical exams required for driver’s permits, college entrance, and sports participation
Sports medicine and orthopedic problems, such as scoliosis
Growth and development issues
Acute or chronic illness, from strep throat to asthma, diabetes, or cerebral palsy
Headaches, chest pain, and other aches
Gynecologic and reproductive health/sexuality issues
School, learning, and attention problems
Nutrition, obesity, and eating disorders
Drug, alcohol, and tobacco use prevention and counseling
Psychosocial problems including depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, and sleep problems