Physicals and annual check-ups present an opportunity to meet with your healthcare provider and observe your health. Many serious ailments present few obvious symptoms. Regularly scheduled appointments can alert you early on, allowing for more positive treatment outcomes. At MS Family Medicine Health Care PC in Rosedale, Queens, and Garden City, Long Island, Michele Reed, DO, FAAFP, and the caring providers administer physicals and annual check-ups. To schedule an appointment at the nearest New York City location, call the nearest office or book online today.
Physicals and annual check-ups are an essential part of primary care. They monitor your health, help manage chronic disease, update immunizations, and explore unusual or uncomfortable symptoms.
Physicals and annual check-ups also allow you to build a relationship with your healthcare provider. You can ask questions, get nutritional or wellness advice, and schedule preventive screenings for the future.
MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC tailors physicals and annual check-ups to each individual’s needs.
Typically, an exam begins with your provider reviewing your medical history and asking about your lifestyle. Make sure to answer their questions honestly, including if you smoke or drink, if you practice safe sex, and if you take any prescription medications or supplements.
Following a brief discussion, your provider checks your vital signs, including your heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, and respiration. They make visual observations to assess the health of your skin and gently press on your internal organs to check for abnormalities.
Your provider then tests your reflexes, observes your gait and posture, and orders laboratory tests. The type of laboratory tests you need depends on your age and health history. Some of the most common tests include a complete blood count (CBC), a lipid panel, and urinalysis.
At the end of the appointment, your provider sets aside time to answer your questions. You may want to write them down on a piece of paper in advance so you don’t forget anything.
Men and women experience many of the same health problems, but their unique reproductive organs make them susceptible to very specific issues.
If you’re a man, MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC may conduct a hernia, prostate, penis, and testicular exam. These preventive measures can detect potentially serious health problems like prostate cancer and testicular cancer when they’re most responsive to treatment.
If you’re a woman, MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC conducts a breast and pelvic exam. Depending on your age, your provider might also recommend a Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer.
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing is also available for all patients.
MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC recommends you schedule physicals and annual check-ups at least once a year. This rule applies even if you feel relatively healthy. Regularly meeting with your primary care provider is an easy and effective way to preserve your health for years to come.
MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC offers a concierge medicine service. This provides 24/7 access to your provider by paying a monthly or annual fee.
If you’ve been putting off physicals and annual check-ups, schedule an appointment at MS Family Medicine Healthcare PC. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office to speak with a team member today.