We strive to create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients as each person has a unique history and unique needs. Some of our services include:
Diabetes is a common health concern that can alter a patient’s lifestyle and quality of life.
Here at Dr. Susan Rife & Associates Family Medicine, we specialize in treating patients with diabetes and helping them manage their condition to best experience a happy and healthy life. Whether you are experiencing chronic fatigue, frequent urination, or suspect you may have nerve damage, we are here to help.
We provide diagnostic testing and various treatment options to help our patients manage their blood sugar levels.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be a dangerous condition as those who have it typically do not display symptoms. While those with high blood pressure may not experience any pain or discomfort, their condition could still be life-threatening.
Here at Dr. Susan Rife & Associates Family Medicine, we are proud to provide services to best identify and address this issue in our patients. We can help you make the necessary lifestyle changes and prescribe medication to aid in the management of your condition and prevent stroke, heart attack, or other health complications.
What is primary care?
Primary care is a go-to medical home for every patient. Our practice serves a wide range of health problems from injuries and illness to chronic health conditions that may require ongoing management.
Some of the services we provide include:
- Well visits and physicals
- Treatment of acute injuries and illnesses
- Managing chronic illness or conditions
- Nutritional guidance and weight loss care
- Prevention screenings and examinations
- Chronic pain
- Immune system disorders
- Opioid addiction treatment
When do I need primary care services?
Even when you’re in good health, you may still need to come into our office for annual physicals. Physicals are essential to ensuring your body is functioning properly and to monitor any potential changes that may be early signs of a health concern.
In addition to physicals, we also offer regular women’s and men’s preventative health screenings and exams. Preventive care is important to keeping you healthy and lowering your risk for potential infections and diseases.
With the help of telemedicine we are able to bring our services to you, overcoming the barriers of time, distance, and even illness so that you have access to your provider when you need it most.
Telemedicine allows us to deliver a unique consultation experience to you remotely using HIPAA compliant video conferencing tools. This service allows you to connect to your provider with ease in a timely manner, and is designed with the patient in mind to be very user-friendly. Virtual consultations can be done using devices that most patients have easy access to such as a smartphone or a computer with a built-in video camera, so you won’t need to worry about having any specialized equipment.
Using our telemedicine service is simple, and our friendly staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have about utilizing this service prior to your appointment.
Let Dr. Susan Rife & Associates Family Medicine get you started on becoming healthy and happy. We would be delighted to be a part of your weight loss journey.
Our staff knows that you have to treat the whole person to achieve healthy weight loss. Obesity is not a flaw; it’s a disease! Obesity occurs when the body’s basic signals fail to tell you when you are full and should stop eating. We can help you correct this and get you on a path to health and wellness.
We believe that the key to successful weight loss is making the right changes to your physical activity and eating habits that you can use throughout your life. Fad diets don’t work; we work with you to build a lifestyle.
Our approach to weight loss includes nutritional planning, fitness education, and medication. Although everyone won’t need medication, many can benefit from it. This appetite suppressant can help aid your weight loss and work with your body to boost energy and rev up your metabolism.
From your very first visit, we will discuss your options for weight loss and do a complete assessment. We’ll help you to establish reasonable short and long-term goals. We will monitor you with weekly weigh-ins and help you discover what is and isn’t working for you. We are here to guide you through the process and provide education and support when you need it.
Weight loss isn’t easy; we understand the challenges that come along with it and want you to know that you can do this. Don’t put off having the healthy body you deserve, call us today at (708) 873-1187.
At Dr. Susan Rife & Associates Family Medicine, we provide comprehensive women’s health services while making you feel at ease and comfortable with your body and any health concerns you may have.
What is women’s health?
Women’s health treats conditions that mainly affect women. These conditions could be related to the female sex hormones, female reproductive organs, and conditions that primarily affect women.
Some of the conditions we cover as part of women’s health include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic pain
- Vaginal atrophy
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic organ prolapses (POP)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PIDS)
- Menstrual symptom management
- Menopause symptom management
What is a well-woman exam?
A well-woman exam is an annual examination that ensures you are healthy with a particular focus on your sexual and reproductive health. It is also an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you have such as contraceptives, testing for STDs and STIs, or symptoms that may indicate a hormonal imbalance or a greater women’s health condition.
During your well-woman exam, we may also do preventive screenings for cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer to ensure optimal health and wellbeing. We will check for any underlying causes of your symptoms or concerns and prescribe effective treatment options that fit your lifestyle and needs.
For more information on our women’s health services, please contact our office today at (708) 873-1187.
At Dr. Susan Rife & Associates Family Medicine, if you need a physical for any reason, we are here for you with our comprehensive exams for women, men, and children.
What are physicals?
Physicals are medical health assessments that you may need for a variety of reasons such as travel, work, school, or sports. They are important as they allow us to monitor your condition and wellbeing, but also identify any potential issues that may affect your health. Early detection allows us to begin treatment before the condition becomes more severe, giving a higher success rate of treatment.
You may need a physical before you go abroad or for work. Your child may need a physical for school, camp, or to participate in sports.
For the most part, everyone undergoes the same physical exam. However, there are differences when it comes to reproductive health. During your physical, we may conduct additional tests or exams particular to your reproductive organs such as a pelvic or prostate exam.
What happens during a physical?
The exact procedure will depend on what type of physical you are having. During the exam, we will review your medical and family history for any potential risk of health complications. If there are any concerns, additional health screenings may be required.
This is a great time to let us know of any concerns or questions you may have regarding your health.
A physical examination typically begins with the measurement of vital signs and responses before undergoing a more comprehensive examination of your condition and health.
For more information on physicals and what type we offer, contact the office today at (708) 873-1187.
Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect yourself, your family, and your community from disease. Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers vaccines for the whole family at their office in Orland Park, Illinois. Whether your child is due for a vaccine or you’re planning a family trip abroad, call the office or make an appointment online to get the vaccines you need.request an appointment
A Pap Smear is a test that is usually performed yearly after a woman turns 21 or becomes sexually active. The test is a simple, quick collection of cells. While a Pap Smear is not a diagnostic test for cervical cancer, it can detect any abnormalities which can then lead to further testing.
What to expect during a Pap Smear
At the start of the exam, you will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist down. You will be given a medical gown and a half sheet to cover your lap. At the medical center office, there is an examination chair with stirrups at the end for your feet. You will position yourself in the chair, with your feet in the stirrups, so that you can be examined. An instrument, called a speculum, is lubricated and inserted into the vagina. This tool allows the doctor to have a clear path to the cervix. It is important to remember to relax and breath. This will relax the muscles of the vagina and allow for an easier examination by the medical professional.
After the speculum is inserted, a tiny, thin bristle brush is used to collect some tissue from the back of the cervix. Most women do not feel anything besides a light sensation when this is performed while some experience a feeling similar to menstrual cramps. From here, the medical professional places the sample in a small tube to be sent off to a laboratory for testing. The speculum is removed and the Pap Smear is over. A Pap Smear procedure only takes a few minutes to complete. After the Pap Smear is completed you can get dressed and conclude your medical examination.request an appointment
The risk of injury is common in most sports, particularly contact sports like football or hockey. Fortunately, the team at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers a broad range of sports medicine services to people in Orland Park, Illinois. The team uses groundbreaking procedures, such as orthobiologics and PRP therapy, to repair damage within the body, improving your mobility and range of motion. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.request an appointment
The doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who practice at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine in Orland Park, Illinois, offer osteopathic manipulation to ease pain and improve your joint function. The practice takes a whole-person approach to your health, recognizing that injury or illness in one part of your body can affect your entire system. Osteopathic manipulations are a powerful, hands-on healing modality that improves your overall well-being. Call the office today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment to learn how an osteopathic approach to care can help you.request an appointment
Your child deserves quality care to support their developing body. Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers comprehensive pediatric services to families in Orland Park, Illinois. Come in for well-child checkups, immunizations, sick visits, and physicals for school, camp, and sports. Call the office or book online to schedule an appointment for your child today.request an appointment
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a fairly common disorder that affects a person’s ability to remain focused and control impulsive behaviors. Those with ADHD might find themselves feeling restless and have a near-constant urge to be active and moving. Although it is frequently diagnosed in children and adolescents, ADHD can continue well into adulthood, along with problems such as inattention, disorganization, and poor impulse control.
At Dr. Susan Rife & Associates Family Medicine, we are pleased to offer treatment options for those with ADHD. Whether you are a parent concerned about your child’s behavior and symptoms, or an adult who feels like this description sounds all too familiar, we are here to help. Living with ADHD can be challenging, regardless of the severity.
Some of the symptoms of ADHD can include:
- Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play
- Failure to follow through on instructions, projects, or tasks
- Easily sidetracked
- Trouble getting and staying organized
- Frequently losing items necessary for school, work, or other essential tasks
- Becoming distracted easily by unrelated thoughts or stimuli
- Forgetful in daily activities
- Seems not to listen well when spoken to directly
- Fidgeting, squirming, and not being able to sit still
- Inability to quietly engage in play or hobbies
- Being constantly in motion
- Talking nonstop
- Interrupting others when they’re speaking, blurting out answers, finishing other people’s sentences, and not being able to wait for one’s turn to speak
Having any or some of these symptoms does not always mean a person has ADHD. Children are especially prone to some of these behaviors naturally and ultimately learn to harness their energy and focus as they grow. An active child doesn’t necessarily equate to one with ADHD, and we are very careful to assess each patient’s full medical and personal history before making a diagnosis.
It is our highest priority to provide thorough and effective care to all our patients, and that starts with treating the person as a whole, not just the symptoms. Treatment options for ADHD may include medication such as stimulants, non-stimulants, and antidepressants, therapy, and stress-management techniques, to name a few.
If you have questions about ADHD and how we can help you with your symptoms, please call our office at (708) 873-1187 today!
Minor Dermatology Procedures
Moles and skin tags are common and usually not of medical concern. But they can be cosmetically bothersome, catch on clothing or jewelry, and in the case of moles, be potentially dangerous. The providers at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine perform minor dermatology procedures for patients at the office in Orland Park, Illinois. The procedures include in-office removal of skin tags and moles. Call today or use the online tool to schedule your appointment.request an appointment
Maintain your child’s health with well-child care visits at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine. Routine well-child visits monitor growth and development in infants, school-age children, and teens. You can make sure your child is meeting their physical and mental developmental targets, is up to date on vaccinations, and has no signs of chronic disease. Call the office in Orland Park, Illinois, to set up your well-child visit today or use the online tool to schedule.request an appointment