What does a wellness exam include?
A wellness exam covers your whole-body health, so it’s an excellent preventive care tool. Your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria care provider first reviews your health history and then ask you a series of questions about your current health. It’s very important to be both frank and detailed when answering these questions so your care provider gets the most accurate picture of your current health and wellness.
Your care provider performs a full-body exam, which usually covers all of the following:
Your wellness exam may include immunizations if you need them. Based on your age and risk factors, you may also need cancer screenings or other types of health screenings during your wellness exam.
If you’ve had any significant negative health changes since your last wellness exam, your provider discusses those with you and talks about any changes that you need to make. For example, if you’re at risk for serious health problems because of your weight, eating habits, lifestyle, or other reasons, your care provider creates a prevention plan for you.
If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other chronic condition, your AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria care provider reviews your current management plan with you and makes any necessary changes.
How often do I need to have wellness exams?
The AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria team generally recommends annual wellness exams for both adults and children. Wellness exams are extremely important for monitoring your health and preventive care. Plus, they’re a great chance to discuss issues and concerns with your care provider.
How long does a wellness exam take?
Because a wellness exam is a whole-body exam that involves a lot of discussion and planning with your care provider, it may take longer than a sick visit for the flu or another sudden illness. You should plan at least an hour for your wellness exam to allow time for the full physical and any necessary testing.
Wellness exams are one of the smartest choices you can make. Take charge of your health and forge a healthy future by calling AllCare Family Medicine & Urgent Care of Alexandria or clicking the online scheduler today.