Physicals are recommended once per year. Following this plan can improve the chances of detecting risk or disease early, which gives you the greatest opportunity to recover should a problem be found. Between physicals, you should schedule an appointment when you have concerns or new challenges.
A thorough physical includes:
Preventive testing may include blood work, a colonoscopy, a mammogram, bone density scan, Pap smear, or other testing as indicated. Some tests are performed because they’re recommended for individual patients based on their age or gender, while other tests may be conducted based on information discovered during the medical history review or physical examination.
Many different disorders and illnesses are first detected during an annual exam, but some of the most common include:
It depends. Patients can have a physical completed at the same time as any recommended blood work. Patients who need a mammogram, colonoscopy or other advanced diagnostic test may be scheduled to complete it on a separate day. Additional appointments may be required to review the results of any diagnostic testing or establish a treatment plan for any new diagnoses.
From start to finish, most patients are done with their physical within an hour. Lab work or other diagnostic components may take longer.
Family practice doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners perform physical exams. These healthcare professionals are invested in your overall health and well-being and often develop a long-term professional relationship with their patients, which can improve their care overall and create trust between patient and provider. Additionally, these providers are qualified to treat any condition a patient presents with, which gives patients a “one stop shop” for all of their healthcare needs.
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