Preventive Medicine Resources
The Importance of Physicals
The annual comprehensive physical exam has many benefits, the most important of which is the early detection of disease, including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These illnesses can be present for years before they cause any symptoms, so early detection is important. We recommend a physical exam, even when you’re feeling healthy, to prevent disease and to develop an ongoing relationship with your provider.
What you should expect from your Annual Comprehensive Physical Exam
An adult annual physical exam will include a review of your current medications and a discussion about your family and social history. Your medical history will also be reviewed, including previous diagnosis, surgical history, hospitalizations, immunizations, and allergies to medications. At every annual physical exam, your provider will review all body systems as well as perform a complete examination of these systems. The physical exam should be preceded by a comprehensive blood analysis to assess liver, kidney and thyroid function and to check for diabetes, high cholesterol and anemia, among other disorders. This is the time to review your prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbs and other supplements you are currently taking. We ask that a list of current medications, questions, and concerns is brought to this appointment, so that it can be discussed with your provider.