Adolescents are children who are between 10 to 18 years of age. Adolescent care involves improving the transition of healthcare for young people into adult healthcare services. Children in this age category have their own set of challenges, including social issues and puberty. Dr Ryan Moore believes that his patients are living in a time where young people are facing more challenges than ever before- therefore he has a strong focus on adolescent care. A biopsychosocial and evidence-based approach is always a top priority when Dr Moore manages his patients' care. These approaches carefully consider the aforementioned biological, psychological, and social factors and their complex interactions and impact on understanding different health concerns. The end result is delivering appropriate and effective health care.
Dr Moore provides adolescents with comprehensive care, advice and treatment for a variety of condition and problems, including:
- Acute or chronic illness - from diabetes to streptococcal pharyngitis to asthma or cerebral palsy. Some conditions and illnesses may delay puberty, or the hormonal changes that take place can sometimes affect the treatment of certain conditions. Adjustments in treatment may need to be made.
- Gynecologic issues - menstrual issues such as painful periods or the absence of a regular menstrual period. Reproductive health, such as birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and unplanned pregnancies.
- Sexuality and the challenges related to it, such as risky behaviours and higher rates of suicide
- Substance abuse - alcohol, drugs, and tobacco use prevention and counselling
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, nutrition, and obesity
- Mood disorders and psychosocial problems including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and sleep problems
- Rashes, acne, and other skin conditions
- Physical exams required for sports participation
- Sports medicine and orthopaedic problems, such as scoliosis
- Growth and development issues
- Headaches, chest pain, and other aches
- Attention and learning problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)