Is it time for you to have a check-up from the neck up? (And the neck down?) Part of health maintenance for all patients is a yearly wellness exam. By completing a wellness exam, patients can work with their healthcare provider to develop a personalized plan for managing chronic conditions and preventing acute illnesses that will help them stay as healthy as possible over the coming year.
With healthcare each case is unique. Your annual wellness exam may also include information on which vaccinations are recommended based on your age and risks. These can include the flu shot, Tdap, and human papilloma virus (HPV). The annual exam is an important opportunity to talk to your doctor about your options for managing symptoms and how to prevent osteoporosis or any other possible life-altering conditions.
The right time is now. It is important that you make time for regular checkups with your provider so he or she can find and treat any new or ongoing health problems as well as help prevent future ones from developing. For some people, having an annual physical examination is a source of reassurance that they are as healthy as they feel. Others see it as an alarm system, to catch health problems before they become serious. Always remember that with any health condition early detection is key.
At a wellness screening you may be wondering what you may expect. At your preventive visit, your primary care doctor will likely ask you about your current health, your family history, past illnesses and surgeries and chronic conditions to assess your health risk. He or she will also likely do a physical exam, such as checking your vital signs, listening to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope, checking your ears, eyes, throat, skin, abdomen etc. In addition, your doctor may conduct screenings, specific to your age and gender.
How should you prepare yourself? You will want to get ready for your physical exam by completing any forms in advance, making a list of medications you take regularly and identifying any additional questions and concerns. Based on your risk, your doctor may make recommendations for a healthy lifestyle. Some services may not be covered when provided during a preventive visit, so ask your provider at the time of service or check with your health plan customer service.
Board Certified Primary Care providers are trained to care for you through all stages of life. Focused on building an on-going relationship, they help you stay well, treat you when you are sick and educate you on prevention and wellness to keep you and your family healthy.
All of our departments here at Ocala Family Medical Center work together to provide our patients with convenient on-site services. This allows us to work as a team in providing excellent treatments and services for our patients.