What to Expect During Your Annual Physical Exam

With rising awareness about health and wellness, more and more people are taking preemptive medical steps to maintain a clean bill of health. By getting recommended evaluations done at relevant times, you can lead yourself to a long, healthy and happy life.

What Is a Physical Examination?

A physical, also known as a periodic health assessment or an annual preventive exam, consists of medical checks to ascertain the current state of your health. Based on your evaluation reports, your general practitioner (GP) can help you tailor a care plan as required. This will help you eliminate potential health issues in the future. It can even be a reminder for you to get your vaccination schedule updated or to discuss those recurring headaches!

What Happens During a Health Assessment?

Typically, your health check can be split into four crucial steps:

Step 1: Your medical evaluation begins with updating medical history since your last health checkup. This part of the evaluation includes ascertaining your lifestyle behaviors, health concerns, vaccination status and medical history. It is important to keep your GP informed about any changes you may notice in your health or appearance, like a new lump or mole, sudden weight gain or loss and a change in bowel habits.

Step 2: Your assessment includes lab tests and other examinations. They can vary depending on a person’s age, gender and other conditions. A basic preventive health screening checklist for adults includes:
Wellness Tests

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Obesity Screening
  • Preventive Screening

Cancer Screenings (As Recommended)

  • Colorectal
  • Skin
  • Breast And Cervical (Women)
  • Testicular And Prostate (Men)

Sensory Screenings

  • Eyesight
  • Hearing (Only if there are any symptoms present)

Immunizations

  • Influenza
  • MMR
  • Meningococcal
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria (Tdap)
  • Varicella
  • Pneumococcal
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Shingles
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B

Step 4: Depending upon the outcome, you may have to follow up on the results with your GP.

Step 5: Your GP will also advise you on what you can do to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

How Often?

Commonly referred to as periodic health assessments or examinations, it is recommended to have medical health checkups every 2–3 years for healthy adults between 18–40 years old, as compared to the annual cycle recommended in the past. Past the age of 40, periodic health assessments should be performed every year, a recommendation that ensures the body’s immune system remains strong at any age. Nevertheless, it pays to be regular with your health evaluations to ensure early detection and treatment of potential health issues.

Book Your Periodic Health Assessments at MD 365 PLLC Today!

Are you or is anyone in your family due for an annual health checkup? Choose MD 365 PLLC, a patient-centered care center in Shirley, New York. Call us at 631-772-4646 to schedule an appointment today!