You’re feeling healthy and well, so is an annual physical really necessary?
While the yearly visits aren’t mandatory, they can benefit your health in numerous ways. In some cases, the routine checkups might even help elongate your life.
Our expert providers at Next Direct Primary Care provide annual wellness exams to help keep your health and well-being on track in the long term.
Let’s delve into annual physical exams, including what to expect during your appointment and potential benefits you can look forward to.
While the specifics of annual physicals vary, most include a check of your vital signs, such as your blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rate, as well as a physical exam. We might also order a urinalysis to test for issues related to diabetes, kidney problems, and infections.
Annual physical exams typically include a visual assessment of your ears, eyes, and throat as well. We may also lightly touch areas of your body, such as your back and abdomen, to feel for any abnormalities, like tenderness.
Physical exams also provide a good opportunity to get caught up on any vaccines you may need, such as the COVID-19, influenza, or tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (tDap) vaccine. We may order blood tests, too, to check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and confirm or rule out nutrient deficiencies.
We talk to you about any chronic conditions you have, as well as any prescription medications or dietary supplements you take. Meanwhile, be prepared to discuss any bothersome symptoms you’ve noticed — even if they don’t seem that bad — along with any changes in your family and personal medical history since your last checkup.
Routine annual exams provide opportunities to have your overall health assessed and to discuss with a medical professional any concerns or questions you have.
The exams can enhance and support your health by:
Our team can also talk to you about lifestyle changes that may improve everything from your energy levels and sleep quality to your ability to fend off viruses and disease.
If it’s been over a year since your last physical, schedule an initial primary care consultation — in our office or via telemedicine — so we can determine your next best steps.