How often do I need physical exams?
The AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria team generally recommends yearly physical exams for most men, women, and children. Your care provider recommends a customized physical exam schedule according to your specific needs so you can experience peak health, now and always.
What is included in physical exams?
Physical exams are tailored for the patient, but in general, your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria provider includes the following in an exam:
Your care provider administers any necessary vaccinations during your physical exam, too. Annual physicals may include other services, like STD screenings, if you need them. If you haven’t had a women’s health or men’s health exam recently, you can also have any necessary tests, like Pap smear or colon cancer screening, during your physical exam.
If you take any medications for chronic conditions, such as diabetes medication or blood pressure medicine, your care provider checks your dosage and medicine to ensure it still works properly before renewing your prescription.
Preventive care is an important component of physical exams because certain tests allow you to identify and avoid health problems. When your care provider checks for diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions, they’re also looking for early warning signs that you are prone to these problems.
If you have a problem like elevated blood pressure or higher-than-normal blood sugar, but the problem isn’t severe enough to be diagnosed right now, your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria provider helps you take action to avoid that diagnosis.
Your care provider may recommend changes such as a weight-loss program for obesity, more frequent exercise, and focusing on a healthier overall diet to help you prevent serious health problems in the future.
Health exams vary according to age, and also according to gender. In addition to the standard physical exam, the expert physicians at AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care in Tysons Corner may offer you additional screening focused on your reproductive and sexual health, and issues that affect individuals your age.
Physical exams with the trusted care providers at AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria are a great way to maintain your health and wellness. Don’t hesitate to book your exam online or by phone today.