Valley Baptist Primary Care physicians provide annual physical examinations for patients to have their overall health checked each year. This examination is an important part of preventive care, as well as an opportunity for you to discuss any current issues or health concerns you may have with your physician or physician assistant. During your physical examination your healthcare provider will look at your:
Medical History: This is your opportunity to mention any issues or health concerns that you may currently have, and this is also your provider’s opportunity to learn about your personal and family medical history, your lifestyle and behaviors, and your vaccination status. Questions you can expect include those about smoking habits, alcohol use, sexual health, diet, and exercise.
General Appearance: By watching and talking to you, your provider can gather a lot of information about your general health. They will pay attention to your memory and mental quickness, the appearance of your skin, how easily you can stand and walk, and more.
Lung Exam: Using a stethoscope, your provider will listen to your lungs while you inhale and exhale, monitoring for crackles, wheezes, or decreased breath sounds that could indicate heart or lung disease.
Head and Neck Exam: Your provider will ask you to open your mouth and say “ah,” which helps to show them your throat and tonsils, and they will also visually take note of the quality of your teeth and gums. Your provider will also visually examine your eyes, ears, and nose, and physically examine your neck in order to assess the health of your sinuses, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries.
Adults who are not in good health should speak with their healthcare provider about the frequency at which they should receive physical exams. Other times at which adults should see their physician can include:
When you are sick.
When you have a symptom that could indicate illness.
To manage a chronic or ongoing condition.
To check on the effects of a new medicine.
To help with risk factors like smoking or obesity.
For prenatal care.
For lifestyle issues including family planning, STD prevention, and diet.
For other reasons based on your individual needs.
The frequency at which adults should have a physical exam varies for every patient, so it is important to speak to your doctor about the periodic health examination schedule that is best for you. Call Family Care Clinic at 844-414-4773 to speak with us
about when you should receive your next physical and to schedule an appointment.
Under 30: If you live a healthy lifestyle and don’t have any known disease factors, consider getting a physical every two to three years. Sexually active women should begin getting pap smears to screen for cervical cancer by the age of 21, and should then speak to their physician about the frequency at which they should repeat this test.
Age 40 to 50: Healthy adults between the ages of 40 and 50 can generally still continue to get a physical examination every other year, but women should get a baseline mammogram beginning at age 40, and repeat them every 1 to 2 years.
Age 50 and Older: Once adults reach age 50, it is a good idea to start getting annual physicals, since this is the age at which many adults begin to experience more health issues in general. This is also the age at which healthy adults with no family history of colon cancer should begin getting colonoscopies (though this is not an annual screening unless the patient has a family history, colon polyps, or abnormal test results).
Physical examinations are a critical part of maintaining your overall health. To schedule an appointment for your annual exam, call Valley Baptist Physician Network at 1-844-414-4773.