An annual physical exam is an important part of your preventive health care plan. Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, provides annual physicals to monitor your health. The Selma, Texas, office features in-house lab services for blood work, urinalysis, and other diagnostic tests you might need as part of your routine physical. If it’s been longer than a year since your last physical, call Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, or book an appointment online today.
Physical Exam Q & A
What is a physical exam?
A physical exam is a routine evaluation of your physical body and overall health. The providers at Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, offer comprehensive physical exam services as part of a preventive health care plan.
You should schedule a physical exam at least once a year, even when you’re not experiencing any new symptoms.
Why do I need a physical exam?
A routine physical provides the Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, physicians an opportunity to track changes in your health from one year to the next.
Even when you’re not sick, you need a routine physical to identify potential issues that can affect your health. Some chronic health conditions like high blood pressure won’t cause symptoms until in advanced stages. Through a physical, your provider can detect abnormalities early so that you can start treatment.
An annual physical exam is also a great time to ask questions or address concerns you have about your health and get caught up on vaccinations that protect you from contagious diseases.
What happens during a physical exam?
During your physical exam, the Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, providers spend time reviewing your personal and family medical history. If you’re currently taking medications, be sure to bring a list of the type and dosage.
Your physician also notes important information about your health, such as your:
- Blood pressure
- Body temperature
Your physician also examines your body, checking your muscle strength, joint flexibility, and skin health. They manually feel your organs, checking for inflammation or other abnormalities that might need further testing.
You can also expect routine cancer screenings to identify early warning signs of breast cancer, prostate cancer, or other types of cancer.
Do I need blood work?
Your insurance carrier wants you to have a physical exam that includes fasting blood work, an electrocardiogram (EKG), and a urinalysis.
Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, offers an on-site medical lab to perform preventive tests. Your provider can draw a sample of your blood to check your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and identify issues that might be affecting your health. They also offer on-site EKG services to check the function of your heart.
If you’re taking medications for an existing health issue, your physician might also recommend additional diagnostic blood work, urinalysis, and other tests to ensure your treatment is working.
To schedule a physical exam, call Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, or book an appointment through the online booking system.