Annual Physicals FROM YOUR DOCS PCP
To help keep your medical history updated year after year, our primary care physicians will recommend that you have an annual physical.
An annual exam is an essential to reassuring your current health conditions and addressing any concerns you may have.
Why Have An Annual Exam?
An annual/preventative checkup can help support your healthy lifestyle as well as potentially catch any health issues before they become a serious issue.
Some of the common benefits include:
- Better relationship with your doctor: By having consistent, annual exams can help build trust between you and your primary care physician.
- Providing peace of mind: Annual exams provide you with reassurance that hidden health concerns aren’t occurring without your knowledge.
- Opportunity for prevention: Your provider will also take this opportunity to assess your lifestyle, and what factors could contribute to living a healthier lifestyle (smoking, diet, exercise.)
Vitals (Will be checked including:)
- Blood Pressure
- Heart Rate
- Height / Weight
- Respiratory Rate
Listening to your heart with a stethascope, your provider is looking to detect a healthy heartbeat. Irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur, while other clues may suggest heart disease.
Using a stethoscope, your provider will listen for crackles, wheezes, or decreasing breath sounds. These and others sounds are clues to the possible presense of heart or lung disease.
Head & Neck Exam
Your provider will be examing your throat and tonsils at this stage. The quality of your teeth and gums also prvides information about your overal health. In addition, ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries will also be examined.
Your provider will use a range of examination techniques to determine liver size and presence of abdominal fluid, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and palpating for tenderness.
Nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental state will be assessed.
Skin and nail findings could indicate a dermatological problem or disease.
Your provider will look for physical and sensory changes. Pulses will be checked in your arms and legs. Furthermore, examining joints can assess for abnormalities.
*Especially Noteworthy: If abnormalities are present in your physical, your provider may order further testing.
- Hepatitis A (Adult)
- Hepatitis A (Pediatric)
- Hepatitis B (Adult)
- Hepatitis B (Pediatric)
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Zostavax (Shingles)
- Polio (IPV)
- Rabies Vaccination
- Tetanus Diphtheria (TD)
- Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (TDAP)
- Twinrix (Hep A & B Combination)
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