The Importance of a Physical

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An annual physical is an important part of maintaining your health at any stage of life. Physicals give you the opportunity to make smart decisions about disease prevention that help you maintain wellness.

What Can You Prevent by Going to Your Yearly Physical?

A routine physical typically starts with taking your vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate. Although simple, these offer an important window into your current health. A physical is very helpful for detecting early signs of chronic conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure;
  • Irregular heart rhythm;
  • Diabetes;
  • Complications from weight.

Making changes in your daily habits can moderate many conditions a physical discovers. For example, diet and exercise may be able to prevent the onset of some forms of diabetes. Early detection is important.

How Yearly Physicals Aid in Your Overall Health

Since many health issues don’t present severe symptoms at first, you may be tempted to skip your physical if you’re feeling healthy. However, there are many good reasons to make the commitment to a regular physical:

You Can Discuss Your Concerns with Your Doctor

Many people have a few problems they’d like to bring up with a doctor, but they simply don’t have the time. Things like backaches, insomnia, or weight gain may not seem very serious, but you can often make progress on these issues and feel better with a doctor’s help.

You Can Take Advantage of Seasonal Services

You should be aware of the many services a physician can offer throughout the year – especially flu vaccinations. Getting up to date on your vaccinations can help prevent a major illness. You should also review vaccinations before any international travel.

Staying Healthy, Longer

Regular physicals show that your health is a priority. This is an important, concrete step that you can take toward maximum wellness. It may help you reach health goals, such as weight loss. It can also help you prevent problems before they develop and ultimately, save on healthcare costs.

What Do Doctors Check for in a Physical Exam?

In addition to vital sign checks, there are many other procedures a doctor can perform during your exam. Most of these are brief, but very useful. An exam should begin by asking you some questions about your recent health history and any concerns you have.

After opening discussions and checking your vitals, a full visual inspection is done. Your eyes, ears, nose, and throat may be examined. The doctor may check your reflexes and other signs of neurological functioning. Plus, he or she may feel for abnormalities or growths.

Laboratory tests are also performed during a physical. These vary based on the sex and age of the patient: For example, most men should begin regular cholesterol testing at age 35. Certain tests, such as lung cancer screening, may be performed based on lifestyle factors.

Dr. Motlagh’s family medicine provides comprehensive care to patients, adults, and children at every stage, allowing patients to gain and maintain an optimal state of health. To learn more or to schedule your physical, contact Dr. Motlagh’s office today.

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