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    Adolescent Medicine

    Adolescence is a time of rapid and complex physical, intellectual,emotional, and social development. It is a critical phase in life as young people mature from childhood, when they are dependent on parents and other adults, to young adulthood when they are expected to make decisions and be responsible for themselves.

    Adolescents have many concerns about their changing bodies, changing moods, and changing interactions with others. They have concerns about what is normal and what they should expect as they continue to mature. They engage in behaviors that may present risks to their health and safety. Parents also have concerns about what to expect of their adolescent children, what is normal and how they can be kept safe and healthy.

    Comprehensive Care

    Adolescent medicine includes doctors with special training in caring for adolescents, ages 12 to 22. Adolescent medicine specialists care for a wide range of needs including:

    Acute medical problems

    • Gastrointestinal – abdominal pain, vomiting, bowel changes
    • Neurological – headaches, dizziness, fatigue
    • Respiratory – colds, sore throats, chest pain

    Behavioral concerns

    • Alcohol, tobacco or other drug use 
    • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – evaluation, referral and treatment

    Chronic medical problems

    • Gastrointestinal – constipation, chronic abdominal pain
    • Neurological – chronic headaches
    • Nutritional – weight problems
    • Respiratory – asthma, seasonal allergies

    Health assessments

    • Camp physicals, college physicals, routine annual exams, sports physicals
    • Immunizations

    Minor injuries

    Menstrual problems

    • Irregular periods, menstrual cramps 

    Musculoskeletal problems

    • Back, limb or joint pain

    Sexuality concerns

    • Birth control, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted disease and HIV testing and treatment or referral
    • Care for LGBQ and transgender youth

    Skin problems

    • Acne, eczema, skin infections

    Appointments and Location

    (804) 828-CHOR (2467)

    Children's Pavilion - Level 4, Pod G
    VCU Health at Mayland Court 

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