Health Minute: Get Your Annual Wellness Exam
When you’re not feeling well, one of the first questions you ask yourself is if you need to see a doctor. After all, your primary care physician can diagnose your illness and get you back on the path to health and wellness. But, being sick isn’t the only reason to see your doctor. Dr. Jain explains why you should get your annual wellness exam.
Why is it important to schedule an annual wellness exam?
It can be easy to think that if you’re healthy and feel fine, that you don’t need to see a doctor. However, your annual wellness exam – often called a physical – is an important opportunity to check in with your provider. It helps establish and continue the relationship you have with your doctor, offers the chance for you to ask any questions and allows your provider to assess your health.
This appointment is the first step in preventing, diagnosing and managing chronic conditions – including things like high blood pressure, diabetes or prediabetes, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety and much more.
What happens at an annual exam?
One of the most important things that happens at your annual exam is the conversation that takes place between you and your provider. It gives you the chance to share health changes over the last year, new or troubling symptoms and questions or concerns you may have about your health. Your doctor will listen closely and create a plan to address your questions or, if needed, order additional testing.
Of course, there is also a physical exam. This will check your:
● Blood pressure
● Heart rate
● Respiration rate
Based on your age, gender and risk factors (including your medical history and family history), your provider may also order additional testing.
What options are available to keep in touch with our doctor?
Many providers offer telehealth or in-person appointments for you to check in while still staying safe. Talk to your primary care doctor on which option is best for you.