Annual physicals are preventive exam, you can think of it as an annual tune-up of your car. The aim of the annual exam is to screen the patient for a number of conditions some of which are the leading cause of deaths. The aim is to diagnose disease conditions at an earlier stage. This gives us the opportunity to either cure these conditions or stop their progress at least.
The importance of an annual physical exam is well documented in research. In research conducted it was found that the mortality rate was low in elderly people who received annual physical exam as compared to those who did not.
There are certain additional points which emphasize the importance of getting an annual physical exam.
This is why it is advised for you to get an annual physical examination, as your doctor can pick these “silent killer” at an earlier stage, stop their progression and prevent you from any serious complication.
There are three important aspects of the annual physical exam. They include
This is your opportunity to tell your doctor about any symptoms you had during the past year or you are having trouble with right now.
There are certain conditions that people are embarrassed to talk about. They include erectile dysfunction and problems related to mental health such as stress, anxiety, and depression. People usually want to hide these problems. Thus the most important point to understand here is to talk to your doctor openly about any problem you are facing.
The next step is to record vitals. They include
This include an examination of the all the systems of the body such as examination of the lungs, heart, skin, head and neck, examination of the abdomen, extremities and a neurological exam. The doctor may tailor out what system he is going to examine during a systemic exam specifically for you depending upon your needs.
During the system exam, you might be examined for the following additional things depending upon your gender.
There are certain tests which are advised in routine during a visit for an annual physical exam. They include
In an annual physical exam, all the systems are examined. Thus we are likely to pick disorders related to any system. However, there are certain deadly disease and conditions that are of particular importance to us during an annual physical exam. This is because it is very easy for us to diagnose them or rule them out. They include
There are no specific recommendations available so for about when to start getting an annual physical exam. However, the fact is the earlier you start the better it is. In general, the usual age at which people are advised to get a physical exam every year is 40 years.
There are two main steps that you can take to make the outcome of your physical exam more effective.
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