Physical exams — including well-woman exams, pre-employment physicals, and sports exams — are a key pillar of your health plan.
We use physical exams to evaluate your health, monitor for any red flags, and ensure that you stay on track for meeting your health goals. In this blog, we explore the importance of annual exams and what you can expect during your appointment.
A physical exam supports your overall health in a few ways. It can:
During your exam, we ask you to provide information about your personal health history as well as your family history. Your family health history can illuminate any specific conditions for which you have a higher risk factor.
For example, if high blood pressure runs in your family, you may have an increased risk of developing it too. With this knowledge, we can suggest heart-healthy lifestyles to help improve your odds.
All of this information works together to help prevent diseases as well as catch the first signs of any problems so you can get any necessary treatments as soon as possible.
During your appointment, we take a series of noninvasive readings. These vitals include your:
Establishing your baseline is important both now (to detect any immediate issues) as well as in the future (to detect any trends in your readings). For example, if your blood pressure readings slowly rise over the years, that’s a signal that it’s time to focus on heart-friendly habits.
As the name suggests, preventive services help prevent. Vaccines, such as the annual flu shot, can help you avoid contagious illnesses, including the flu, mumps, and rubella.
Many schools require specific vaccines, and keeping your child’s immunization record current can help you comply with your school’s guidelines.
During your physical exam, you may share any odd or concerning symptoms. Not all diseases have symptoms that hurt, so feel free to share anything that seems out of the ordinary, even if nothing hurts.
For instance, itchy moles might seem like nothing more than a nuisance, but they can be a sign of melanoma.
Other symptoms worth mentioning include sudden weight gain or weight loss (without trying), dizziness, mood changes, and extreme thirst.
Your physical exam isn’t just for catching the signs of illnesses. The information we learn during your annual exam can help you stay healthy throughout the year. We may advise you on any changes you should consider. Healthy lifestyle habits include:
We help you focus on the healthy changes you need to reach your own wellness goals.
During sports exams or pre-employment exams, we assess your overall health, but we also look for any issues that could lead to potential injuries on the job or on the playing field.
If you’re overdue for a physical exam or need to get caught up with vaccines, call our office at 972-201-3552 to book an appointment. Or use our convenient online tool to request an appointment.