About Physical Exams
Having a yearly physical exam is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you stay as healthy as possible at every age. Annual physicals help identify disease risks and provide you with important guidance to lower those risks in addition to offering other necessary care. The providers at UNPC Family Health Clinic offer comprehensive physical exams for adults, kids, teens, and newborns with evaluations and care tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
Physicals Q & A
Why are annual physicals so important?
Having a yearly physical exam is one of the best ways to stay healthy at every stage of life. Having an annual exam enables the providers at UNPC Family Health Clinic to look for subtle changes in your health that could indicate an underlying disease or medical condition. Annual physicals also ensure that patients receive important health screenings that can help identify risk factors for disease as well as medical services and lifestyle guidance to address those risks and potentially lower them.
Seeing a doctor every year for a routine physical exam also provides patients with medical care that’s truly optimized for their needs, even as those needs change over time. Plus, it gives patients with the opportunity to ask questions about their health so they can take a more proactive role in their care.
What happens during an annual physical exam?
An annual physical exam begins with a complete medical history, including information about your personal health and the health of close family members. Next, a member of the healthcare team will measure your weight and blood pressure, recording them in your file so they can be compared from year to year.
The providers at UNPC Family Health Clinic will ask about any current symptoms or concerns, then perform a series of evaluations based on your needs and risk factors, including:
- Listening to your heart and lungs
- Palpating your neck and belly area for signs of tenderness or swelling
- Checking your ears and eyes
The providers at UNPC Family Health Clinic may order blood tests, urine tests, or other lab work, and may also administer recommended immunizations to help prevent serious diseases. Based on the results of the exam, they will be able to provide medical and health guidance, including recommendations for follow-up care or lifestyle changes to help improve your health.
What can I do to prepare for my physical?
If the providers at UNPC Family Health Clinic order blood tests or other lab work prior to the exam, be sure to complete those tests at least two weeks in advance so the results will be ready for her to review during the appointment. Bring a list of any medications you’re taking, including vitamins and supplements, to include in the medical history.
Know the general medical histories of your parents and grandparents (including major medical conditions like heart disease and hypertension). Some patients also like to jot down any questions they have so they don’t forget to ask them during the exam.