Annual Physicals

The physical exam is an essential part of any doctors’ visit. Annual exams are usually to go over and check your history; this is a great time to mention any complaints and concerns you may have. During an annual exam you might get a similar feeling to being quizzed by a teacher in school. The doctor will want to know about your lifestyle behaviors such as diet, exercise, sexual health, excessive alcohol use and smoking. Most times the doctor will check on your vaccination status and update your personal and family history. Vital signs are a big part of your annual physicals, knowing your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and temperature is very important in your assessment.

Physicals should emphasize prevention. Annual exams are a wonderful time to refocus your attention on your health. You may not believe this but your doctor gains a lot of information about you and your health just by watching and talking to you. Your general appearance is really an exam in itself. There are multiple exams that are done at your annual visit; Heart exam, lung exam, head and neck exam. Also Abdominal exam, neurological exam, Dermatological exam and extremities exam. Those are some of the major exams that help the doctor determine what health state you are in, what labs you need ordered, what medication you need to be taking or not taking, etc. There are also certain physical exams just for male and just for female.

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