What can I expect at my annual physical exam?
The caring, experienced team of physicians at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Ellicott City tailors your physical to your specific needs while also providing an overall assessment of your health. They offer:
If you’re an adult, a typical health exam usually begins with a review of your health history. You can talk about your lifestyle habits, such as smoking, alcohol use, diet, and exercise routines. You can also discuss your sexual health and related concerns with your physician, as well as your emotional well-being.
Your doctor checks all your vital signs, including your heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. They listen to your lungs and your heart and visually inspect your skin, eyes, ears, and throat. Your doctor records your height and weight and may check your cholesterol levels or request a comprehensive blood test.
If you have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, or other serious conditions, your doctor may perform additional testing and evaluation to screen for those, as well. Your physician assesses your extremities, joints, and reflexes, too.
What additional screening can I expect with a men’s health exam?
In addition to the standard physical exam, during a men’s health exam, your doctor also screens for men’s health issues pertaining to your overall wellness at your specific age. These may include:
Additionally, your doctor may test for STDs if that is a concern.
What additional screening can I expect at a women’s health exam?
At your annual exam, your doctor may also perform a mammogram, Pap smear, and pelvic exam. It’s not uncommon to have a colon cancer screening or lung cancer screening, either, and your doctor may discuss any hormonal changes you’re going through if you’re nearing menopause.
An annual physical exam is often your first defense against the onset of serious health problems. When your doctor regularly evaluates you from head to toe, they’re more likely to notice changes that occur early on. And, since it’s always best to treat health conditions as soon as they arise, a physical exam can help ensure your optimal long-term wellness.
Schedule a physical exam for every member of your family by calling the office or booking online today.