Why should I get an annual physical exam?
Annual physical exams serve as a preventive form of health care to alert your Doctors Immediate Care physician of any abnormalities or changes to your overall health. A thorough examination can catch health problems before they become more serious.
What happens at an annual physical exam?
Doctors Immediate Care physicians will spend time listening to your concerns, checking all of your vital signs, updating your medical history and ordering any additional lab work or screenings as deemed appropriate.
When medical issues are detected early, optimal treatment options are usually available. Annual physical exams also provide you with the perfect opportunity to discuss health and lifestyle issues as well as other medical concerns with the medical professionals at Doctors Immediate Care.
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– If you’re under 30 and healthy – don’t smoke, no disease risk factors (including being overweight) and don’t take prescription medications – get a check-up every two to three years.
– Age 30-40, healthy individuals should get a physical every other year.
– Annual physicals start around age 50.
Physical exams. As the physical exam continues, the doctor will use tools to look in your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. They’ll listen to your heart and lungs. This exam also includes touching or palpating, parts of your body like your abdomen to feel for abnormalities.
Palpation and percussion can alter bowel sounds, so you’d inspect, auscultate, percuss, then palpate an abdomen.
- Inspection – Inspect each body system using vision, smell, and hearing to assess normal conditions and deviations.