Regular checkups help your doctor track your health and recognize any minor problems before they become big ones. Many health issues can be treated if they are caught early and with regular checkups your doctor becomes your partner and together you can ensure you have the best quality of life possible.
Why Get a Physical?
Not only do regular physical checkups help you develop an important relationship with your doctor, they also give your doctor a chance to monitor your health. Your blood pressure should be checked regularly to ensure it is at an optimal level. If not your doctor can begin treatment before the problem becomes severe.
Regular blood tests are also important to monitor such things as blood sugar and cholesterol levels, liver and kidney functions, and many other things your doctor uses to evaluate your health. A checkup is also a great opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you may have about your health. Your doctor can use this opportunity to educate you about your health and any treatment options they feel would be beneficial.
What Happens at a Checkup?
Before the exam begins your doctor will go over your family and personal medical history. (This is sometimes done by a nurse or medical assistant.) They will also review any medications you may be taking and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Your height, weight, pulse, and blood pressure will be taken. The doctor will look into your eyes and ears with special instruments, and your reflexes may be checked.
A stethoscope will be used to listen to your heart and lungs, and the activity in your intestines. Your doctor may have you lie down on an exam table to examine other parts of your body. Your doctor may use a percussion technique which involves tapping on parts of your body to check for fluid retention and the location of your organs. They will also examine your skin for any signs of moles, growths, or skin cancer. After your exam your doctor will discuss any concerns he may have found, schedule any tests needed, and answer your questions. You can get dressed and go about your day.
Take Charge of Your Health
Regular physical checkups are one of the best ways to take charge of your health and life a full and healthy life. With regular exams your doctor will be able to spot any potential threats to your health and treat them before they become severe. Regular checkups also give you peace of mind. They are an important part of taking care of yourself.
Call or contact Avicenna Medical Center and schedule your regular checkup. Regular checkups are important and we look forward to partnering with you and helping you have the best health possible.