Primary Care

Barrick Family Practice

Steven Barrick, DO

Family Practice & Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine located in Colorado Springs, CO

Your primary care provider should have a wide range of skills and extensive knowledge, as well as be someone you trust and feel at ease with. Steven Barrick, DO, of Barrick Family Practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an experienced, compassionate primary care physician who devotes himself to ensuring every patient receives considerate and expert treatment. As well as providing the primary care services you’d expect, Dr. Barrick offers many additional services, all aimed at optimizing your health. Call Barrick Family Practice today to find out more or schedule an appointment using the online form.

Primary Care Q & A

What is primary care?

Primary care is the medical resource that’s the first stop for all your health care needs. Barrick Family Practice is a primary care provider, offering a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Preventive care
  • Screenings
  • Urgent care
  • Management of chronic health problems


Dr. Barrick has extensive experience in providing primary care services. He has the training and skills to deal with most health conditions, although, for emergency treatment, you should still call 911 or get to the hospital emergency room.

If you have a condition that requires care from a specialist, Dr. Barrick can refer you, but in most cases, he can provide patients with everything they need.

What primary care services are there?

The first role of a primary care facility like Barrick Family Practice is to help you avoid ill health in the first place. For instance, Dr. Barrick provides screening tests for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, that help to identify these conditions in their earliest stages.

You can then take steps to prevent the problem from becoming worse, and in many cases reverse the effects before they become permanent. Immunizations are an essential aspect of preventive medicine, as well.

Dr. Barrick also provides urgent care services, which are for all the injuries and illnesses that can’t wait but don’t require emergency attention. 

This includes sprains and strains, minor wounds, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections (flu and stomach flu), and any other sources of pain or sickness.

Can primary care services help with chronic health conditions?

Dr. Barrick has extensive experience helping support patients with chronic health problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes

Insulin is a hormone that helps to regulate the levels of sugar in your blood. Diabetes develops when you don’t have enough insulin, your body doesn’t make insulin at all, or it becomes resistant to the effects of insulin.

Type 1 diabetes usually develops before the age of 20. It’s an autoimmune condition in which your immune system destroys the cells that make insulin. Therefore, you need to take insulin for the rest of your life.

Type 2 diabetes usually develops if you’re overweight or obese and have a poor diet, little exercise, and habits like smoking. It can cause serious complications like blindness and amputation.

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease often develops slowly without you realizing until it becomes a major issue. Dr. Barrick uses advanced risk assessments to evaluate the health of your heart and blood vessels, including genetic testing and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) ultrasound.

CIMT can detect the thickness of the walls of your carotid arteries. This information can be useful in determining your arterial age/health.

How are diabetes and cardiovascular disease treated in primary care?

In both cases, Dr. Barrick helps you manage your condition by making essential lifestyle changes like losing weight, getting more exercise, and eating a healthy diet.

He can prescribe medications you might need, like cholesterol-lowering drugs for cardiovascular disease or metformin for diabetes, as well as insulin. Barrick Family Practice also has an affiliation with the renowned Cleveland Clinic heart lab.

Find out more about primary care services by calling Barrick Family Practice today or book an appointment online.